Between setting up his own cryptocurrency AKoin and promising to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa, Akon has been quietly building his own 'futuristic' “Wakanda”, named after himself.
The singer, who finalised the deal for Akon City on Monday, is building it in Senegal. He wants it to be like the fictional city of Wakanda in the movie Black Panther.
The sustainability-driven tourist destination will run on his digital currency called AKoin.
He shared the news on his Instagram account saying that he was now the official owner of a new city in his home country of Senegal. As part of a deal with the African country’s state-owned tourism company, Akon City aims to become a fully sustainable tourist village.
In his post he captioned it saying: “Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”
Last year, he revealed that he was working on creating a “100% crypto-based city,” and in November, he shared on Nick Cannon’s radio show Power 106 Los Angeles, that the building was already under way.
Akon, who heads up the Akon Lighting Africa Initiative, which helps bring off-the-grid energy to those on the continent without access to electricity, also oversees the Akon Lighting America Initiative, which focuses on building renewable energy efforts in the US and investing those profits in Africa.