Akon gets the green light to build his own city in Senegal

Carla Harmon
January 15, 2020

Celebrated American- Senegalese star, Akon, has announced the finalisation of the agreement to build his own city in Senegal.

Cointelegraph reached out to the Consulate General of Senegal, which had yet to receive legal documents on Akon City at press time.

The pop singer announced on Twitter on Monday that he "finalized the agreement" for a city named after him in Senegal.

"Looking forward to hosting you there in the future", Akon wrote.

He originally announced plans for the city in 2018, saying it would be built on 2,000 acres, trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called Akoin and be a five-minute drive from the West African state's new worldwide airport, according to CNN. "Beyond his status as an artist, it is Akon, the investor who believes in Africa", the tourism ministry said. "Cryptocurrency also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow the government to do those things that are keeping them down".

The Akon City will also operate on renewable energy with Akon Solar project with own global airport, which is not far from Senegal's capital, Dakar.

In an interview with actor Nick Cannon in November a year ago, Akon claimed the city would run completely on renewable energy and have its own airport.

The city will supposedly be the first ever to run on 100% renewable energy, and will be built in phases over the next 10 years. "We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025", Akon noted.

The "Don't Matter" singer was born and raised in Senegal until he was 7-years-old before he moved to the United States with his family.

Akon City is expected to become an eco-tourism destination, run entirely on renewable energy (through the work of Akon Lighting Africa, the rapper's solar power project).

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