Akon Says He Is Building His Own City in Africa That Should Be Ready in about 10 Years
Akon has revealed that his city is currently being constructed and that the project should be completed in the next ten years. The R&B icon also shared his thoughts about being a billionaire.
Akon has not been in the spotlight as much as he was about a decade ago, but it appears the Senegalese-American singer has been getting work done behind the scenes.
Akon attends the Cannes Lions Festival 2018 on June 19, 2018 in Cannes, France | Photo: Getty Images
In a recent interview with Nick Cannon, Akon revealed that he’s building a city in Senegal, West Africa., adding that it will be called Akon City.
"You might just go to vacation [in Africa], and when you transfer American dollars into their money, you might be transferring it into AKoins."
When Nick asked if it was true the city will be futuristic, the "Locked Up" hitmaker confirmed that it would run entirely on renewable energy sources.
"It’s all renewable. It’s a real, physical place. It’s gonna have a real airport," Akon explained. "It’s a 10-year building block, so we’re doing it in stages. We started construction in March, and stage two is going to be 2025."
When Nick remarked that Akon must be "richer than the billionaires" to be building his city, the singer laughed it off and gave his personal views on the subject.
In his words:
"I always felt like if you have to label yourself a billionaire, I don’t think billionaires even label themselves billionaires because you have no idea [how much you’re worth]. When I hear stuff like that, it makes me sad in such a way because when I travel I see so many things that happen; so many people that need assistance."
"If you can have a billion dollars sitting in a bank while you have all these people suffering and struggling, to me, it’s crazy," he added. "It’s like a waste of a billion dollars."
According to Metro UK, Akon, 46, has been making efforts to promote growth and development in Africa for a long time. In 2017, he reportedly launched his cryptocurrency called AKoin, which he hopes will be the primary currency in Akon City and one day, in all of Africa.
"You might just go to vacation [in Africa], and when you transfer American dollars into their money, you might be transferring it into AKoins," the Grammy nominee predicted. "That’s the goal."
Per HNHH, Akon first announced last year that he’d be building a city in Senegal. Now, it appears the "Konvict Muzik" boss was neither boasting nor making a joke.
Keep the big boss moves coming, Akon!