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Akon Talks Plans To Build His Own City In West Africa

By Parker Diakite

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Akon City by 2030? Those plans are well underway.

Back in 2018, the Grammy-nominated singer, whose real name is Aliaume Thiam, announced plans for a futuristic city that would be built on 2,000 acres of land that was gifted to him by Senegal’s President Macky Sall.

In a recent interview with actor turned philanthropist Nick Cannon, Akon revealed that city construction began in March 2019 and is on schedule to be completed within the next 10 years.

“It’s all renewable [energy],” Akon confirmed. “It’s a real physical place. It’s going to have a real airport.”

During the interview with Cannon, Akon detailed that city construction is happening in stages.

“Stage two is going to be 2025,” he said.

Cannon responded, “Your own city? Man, that’s richer than the billionaires.”

Akon’s latest adventure is no surprise.

He’s been working over the last few years to expand and create opportunities across Africa.

From his successful implementation of Akon Lighting Africa, which provides solar power throughout 18 African countries, his cryptocurrency Akoin, and now his latest adventure of building what he calls a “futuristic city.”

“I feel like the new goal in the industry now is that people want to be billionaires and that’s the new title,” Cannon stated. “But one thing I’ve never heard an artist wanting or even getting near to accomplishing is having their own city.”

Watch Akon’s entire interview with Cannon and hear more about how he balances all of his global projects and music in the video below.

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