Rapper and entrepreneur, Akon is getting set to build his own city in Senegal.
The global superstar announced Monday that he is finalizing plans for the establishment of a new city in Senegal which would be called “Akon City”.
The 46-year-old Senegalese-American singer took to his Twitter account to share the news with a picture of himself standing with some assembled dignitaries holding a document. He tweeted:
“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future“
Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future pic.twitter.com/dsoYpmjnpf— AKON (@Akon) January 13, 2020
According to The Jakarta Post, Akon has signed an agreement with Senegal’s state-owned tourism company SAPCO to build a complex in the seaside village of Mbodiene, about 75 miles south of the capital Dakar. A spokesperson for SAPCO said Akon plans to build a sustainable tourism village that would “campaign for the environment.”
The rapper, famous for hits such as “Smack That” and “Lonely,” has focused less on his music recently and more on entrepreneurship and the idea of Akon City.
Akon, who is of Senegalese decent, originally announced plans for the futuristic “Crypto city” in 2018 saying that the city would be built on a 2,000-acre land gifted to him by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall. The new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin, he said.
The official website for the city said at the time it would be a five-minute drive from the West African state’s new international airport.
Akon is passionate about bringing developmental change in Africa and remains invested in his community. In 2016, he secured a $1 billion credit line to back his solar project, which aims to provide electricity to 600 million Africans.