American-Senegalese singer Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, alias Akon, has issued an update on the progress of his own "Wakanda" city in Africa.
Akon announced through Twitter on Monday that the agreement for the city dubbed “Akon City,” had been finalized and was “looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”
“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” Akon tweeted.
Akon first revealed plans for the futuristic “Crypto city” in 2018 saying it would be built on a 2,000-acre land gifted to him by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall. He said the new city would transact business exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin.
In 2018, Akon said he believes Akoin could be the "savior of Africa." "I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system. Cryptocurrency also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow the government to do those things that are keeping them down."
The city would be a five-minute drive from Senegal’s new international airport in capital Dakar, according to the official website for the city.
In an interview with Nick Cannon in November last year, Akon, 46, indicated that the construction of the city started in March 2019 and would take 10 years to build.
“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,” Akon noted.
Akon, who was born in Senegal before moving to Union City, New Jersey, at 7, is more recognized as a businessman than a musician these days. His most recent venture is Akon Lighting Africa, a project that provides solar power to African countries.
“I really want to make the biggest impact in Africa for sure,” Akon said during a past CNN interview. “If I could have my way, Africa would be the United States of Africa.