- "It's Akon City. It’s all renewable, the Akon-tainment solar city. It’s all renewable. A real physical place, it’s going to have a real airport. It’s a 10-year building block so we’re doing it in stages..." - Akon.
Akon is truly starting the new decade on a high as he officially owns his own city in Senegal after finalising plans.
The Locked Up rapper now holds the keys to Akon City, of course, named after himself, after signing papers with officials in the West African country this week.
Akon, 46, proudly announced the news to his social media followers with a photo of him holding a copy of the agreement and standing next to two officials during a meeting in Dakar.
“Just finalised the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” the rapper told his followers.
The Lonely rapper revealed it would take around 10 years to build the city, which is expected to be sustainable, will have its own airport and use his very own Akoin crypto currency.
“It’s Akon City. It’s all renewable, the Akon-tainment solar city. It’s all renewable. A real physical place, it’s going to have a real airport. It’s a 10-year building block so we’re doing it in stages.
“We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025.”
However, there’s a question mark on Akon’s net worth as surely it would take a billionaire to build an entire city?
According to sources, Akon City will be built in the seaside village of Mbodiene, and part of the intent behind the project is for “campaign[ing] for the environment” — a sustainable tourism village.
It’s worth noting that Akon lived in Senegal until seven before moving to New Jersey with his family, so the philanthropy also holds special sentiment.
“If you can have a billion dollars sitting in the bank, while you have all these people suffering, it’s crazy to me,” he added in the interview, “It’s like a waste of a billion dollars.”
Akon, real name Aliaune Akon Thiam, launched his own cryptocurrency called AKoin in 2017 and hopes it’ll become the common currency in Akon City and wider Africa.
Predicting what the future could look like, Akon said: “You might just go to [Africa] for vacation and when you transfer American dollars into they money, you might be transferring it into AKoins. That’s the goal.”