- Senegalese-American singer, Akon, has unveiled his plan for a futuristic city named after him
- The city which is reportedly going to cost about GHC34.4 billion is to be located in Senegal
- Akon who spoke at a recently held press conference said the motivation for the city is to welcome Africans in the diaspora to ‘home back home’
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Legendary Senegalese-American singer, Akon, has spoken on his plan to build a futuristic place called Akon City in Senegal.
While speaking at a conference on Monday, September 1, 2020, the Smack That crooner said that the idea behind the city was to welcome Africans in the diaspora to a ‘home back home’.
Akon said that while growing up in America where his family moved to when he was seven, he ran into a lot of African-Americans who did not know a lot about their culture and that it prompted him to want to build a city that would motivate people about their homes.
He said: “So I wanted to build a city or a project like this that will give them the motivation to know that there is a home back home”.
The city which has a futuristic design done by architect Hussein Bakri is said to make provisions for hospitals, hotels, a university, movie studios and more.
Akon also said that the city would include a village of African cultures. The singer whose real name is Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam said: “As you come in from America or Europe or anywhere in the diaspora, and you feel like you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop.”
The legendary singer reportedly told the architect, Bakri, who was also at the conference that he needed the building to look like African sculptures that are made in the villages.
Tourism minister in Senegal, Alioune Sarr, lauded the project and also vowed to see it completed as scheduled.
Sarr said: “We can show to the rest of the world that Senegal is a destination despite the impact of covid-19, that Africa is a land of opportunity.”
Despite the idea behind the futuristic city, a few people did not seem to buy it. Some people took issue with the project not really having Senegalese names attached to it such as the architect, Bakri, being from Abu Dhabi.
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In other news, Akon has teamed up with rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine, on a new music project.
Apparently, Tekashi teamed up with the Senegalese-American music star to work on his 2003 hit song, Locked Up.
From indication, the song will still be taking its old form with a new addition being Tekashi’s verse that has been laid on the track.
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