"I really want to make the biggest impact in Africa for sure…If I could have my way, Africa would be the United States of Africa." - Akon
One of the richest rappers, Akon, is going to be the first rapper in history to have an actual city named after him. Actually, the city is also being established by none other than Akon.
On 14 January 2020, the Lonely singer finalized the agreement for building the city in his home country of Senegal. He took over Twitter announcing that Akon City - the world's first crypto city is set for Senegal 2025.
As a matter of fact, the rapper announced his plan of establishing a town in the West African country in 2018 at the Cannes Lions advertising festival. In the same venue, he also disclosed that the city would use his own cryptocurrency names Akoin currency.
Akoin currency is a digital currency based on blockchain, which is reported to be a set of digital records that track transactions publicly and chronologically.
A verified source, Africanews.com, reported, "Beyond his status as an artist, it is Akon, the investor who believes in Africa."
The same source reported a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding between the singer and governmental tourism company SAPCO for creating Akon Crypto City.
Regarding his project, in an interview with CNN, Don't Matter singer Akon said, "With the Akoin we are building cities, the first one being in Senegal. We're securing the land and closing out all the legislation papers for the city. We want to make it a free zone, and cryptocurrency-driven as a test market."
Furthermore, he added, "If it works, we will scale it out to all the other countries in Africa, so all the cities are connected. It's going to be a 50 to a 100-year project, most likely. I probably won't even live to see it finished. But for the project in Senegal, we have a 10-year deadline for that city to be built out."
Back in 2018, Akon released a statement stating the Akon City will be built on three square miles of land near Dakar, the country's capital. The five minutes away land from the Blaise Diagne International Airport was given to Akon by the president of Senegal, Macky Sall.
Another reliable source reported, "This futuristic city, built on 2,000 acres of land gifted to Akon from the President of Senegal, is within five minutes of the new international airport, close to the coast and a short drive from Dakar, the capital city of Senegal (Akon’s homeland)."
The President of Senegal stated, "Already in development, Akon Crypto City is the first of its kind, 100 percent crypto-based city with Akoin at the center of transactional life."
Now called, project Akon City was previously known as Akon Lighting Africa. He started the project with the goal of building an eco-tourism destination that will be running entirely by solar power and other renewable energy.
As of now, the construction of the city has already begun since November 2019. Recently, Akon discussed the project in an interview with Nick Cannon.