Akon’s plan to build sustainable ‘Akon City’ in Senegal officially signed off

"Looking forward to hosting you there in the future"

Plans for Akon to develop a sustainable city under his name have been green-lit by Senegal.

The singer announced his ambition to built a city in his native country, which would use his own cryptocurrency Akoin, in the summer of 2018.

Now the deal has been rubber-stamped by the nation’s state-owned SAPCO tourism company with a “10-year building block” schedule in place.

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Akon explained the project in an interview with Nick Cannon in December 2019. “We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025.”

According to sources [via HypeBeast], Akon City will be built in the seaside village of Mbodiene, and part of the intent behind the project is for “campaign[ing] for the environment” — a sustainable tourism village.

Akon lived in Senegal until he was seven and moved to New Jersey with his family.

The project is part of the R&B singer’s philanthropic efforts. “If you can have a billion dollars sitting in the bank, while you have all these people suffering, it’s crazy to me,” he said in the interview. “It’s like a waste of a billion dollars.”

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Meanwhile, the artist told NME last year that he plans on running for US President.

Now that’s something I’m definitely going to attempt to do before I retire,” he said of a potential Presidential run.

“I got this close [squeezes fingers together] to running for President in 2020, but then I thought about it and said, ‘Well, if I run now I would never be able to do music again freely.’ Before I say goodbye to music, I’ve just got to come back into the game and have as much fun as I possibly can and get it out.

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