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R&B singer Akon has revealed his plans to build a city worth $6 billion in Senegal, Africa

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R&B singer Akon has revealed his plans to build a city worth $6 billion in Senegal, Africa, according to CNN. ~

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon, laid the first stone for Akon city on Monday. Akon reportedly plans to build a “futuristic” city that will be a “real-life Wakanda,” the hi-tech nation portrayed in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The city will be located in Mbodiene park, 100 kilometers from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Akon said work will begin next year. “We are looking at Akon city to become the beginning of Africa’s future,” he said at the ceremony also attended by Alioune Sarr, Senegal’s minister for tourism, and other government officials. “Our idea is to build a futuristic city that incorporates all the latest technologies, cryptocurrencies, and also the future of how African society should become in the future.” ~

The official website of the city says that the city will be solar-powered, and will include healthcare facilities, offices, luxury houses, shopping malls, skyscrapers, and eco-friendly tourist centers. The city will also include a seaside resort, a technology hub, and recording studios. In addition, hospitals, a police station and a university will be constructed as well in an effort to make the city as self-sustaining as possible. Akon even envisions the city having its own cryptocurrency already dubbed the “AKoin”, according to Fox News. The city will be a five minute drive from the country’s new international airport. ~

Senegaleese President Macky Sall gifted 2,000 acres of land to Akon to build the city. Akon claims that he has raised the $6 billion required to build the city through unnamed investors. He first announced the idea for the city in 2018 when he compared it to the fictional technologically advanced nation of Wakanda. Akon said he hoped his project would provide much-needed jobs for Senegalese and also serve as a “home back home” for Black Americans and others facing racial injustices. Akon, who was born in the United States to Senegalese parents, spent much of his childhood in the West African country, where only 44 percent of rural households had electricity, even as recently as 2018. ~

ARTICLE: CONNOR KMIECIK

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