Akon says construction on his Senegal city will begin next year

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

Singer and rapper Akon recently told the press that in the beginning of 2021, construction will start on "Akon City'' in Senegal. The city will take a total of 8 years to build and will completely run on Akon's own cryptocurrency AKOIN. Its not the first big project Akon has set up in Africa, in 2014 he started Akon Lighting Africa, which provides houses with solar energy.

Akon is not only known as a rapper and singer, but also as a visionary, businessman and philanthropist. His newest project is ''Akon City'' in Senegal. According to Akon the city will provide good jobs for the people of Senegal and become a “home back home” for Black Americans and others dealing with systemic racism. In an interview with USA Today Akon explained that:

“The system back home treats them unfairly in so many different ways that you can never imagine. And they only go through it because they feel that there is no other way. So if you're coming from America or Europe or elsewhere in the diaspora and you feel that you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop.”

The location for his city will be Mbodiène, about 75 miles outside the country’s capital of Dakar. The project needs about $6 Billion in investments and so far Akon has acquired about one third of this.

The first phase of the project will begin in 2021 and is expected to take over three years to complete. The first phase will focus on building roads, a Hamptons Hospital campus, a Hamptons Mall, a police station, a waste facility, a school and a power plant. The second phase will take another 5 years and will focus on setting up businesses that run on Akon's AKOIN cryptocurrency. Akon City will also have parks, a stadium, a seaside resort, universities, a tech hub and of course a recording studio.

It’s not the first big project the 47 year old artist is undertaking, in 2014 he started Akon Lighting Africa, which so far has given solar energy to over 100,000 households and installed 13,000 streetlights in 14 different countries in Africa.


Source: Complex