Just when we thought the Black Panther hype train was finally over, singer Akon has decided to take matters into his own hands and build a real life Wakanda.
To the amazement of many, the singer, famous for his anthems “Locked Up” and “I wanna love you”, announced early 2020 of his ambitions to build a new city in his home country of Senegal. The news died down eventually as not many details on the ambitious project were made public yet.
Recently however, many news outlets including CNN and BBC have given us more details on the ambitious project.
Singer, Akon, who has always excelled in the music industry, whether through hit making or discovering global artists such as Lady Gaga, has taken a further step in his ambitious nature with his latest venture.
Details of the project dubbed “Akon City” first emerged in 2018 when the musician revealed that he was working with the local Senegalese government to build a $6 billion smart city.
During the announcement not too many details were revealed, however insiders discovered that the city would have its own currency called “Akoin” named after the musicians cryptocurrency.
More details have now come out on the ambitious project with plans for the city to be completely run by renewable energy. Within the city, one should expect to find a 2 000 acre resort, as well as condos, and a stadium.
Akon also plans to have Silicon Valley type technology hub as well as a Senegalese version of Hollywood called “Senewood”, where the local film industry can grow. The beginning of construction is set to be this year, 2021, however no exact date has been given out.
With such an ambitious project put in place, there would ofcourse be some detractors. Papa Massama Thiaw, president of the youth commission of Ngueniene, stated that he fears jobs would not be equally distributed in the city. “I don’t want us to be just day laborers. We have to be among the managers.”
Despite the critics, one can atleast admire the man for doing what he can to help his city. Akon is said to be confident in the project with around a 3rd of the funding needed already being secured. He feels the city is in need of new economic investment, and feels this is the answer to steer the local economy and provide more jobs to the locals.