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Akon announces he’s building another African city in Uganda after spending $6bn on the first


Akon is developing new cities all over the shop (Picture: AkonCity.com, Getty Images)

There’s clearly no limit to Akon’s ambition as the rapper has announced his plans to build another African city in Uganda before even completing the first one. 

The Locked Up hitmaker has been busy working on his first city in Senegal, for which he secured $6billion (£4.3bn) funding. 

Apparently, Akon has bigger plans and revealed a new futuristic city will also be coming to Uganda in the years ahead. 

He’s already received the backing of the Ugandan government, who announced on Monday that Akon has been allotted one square mile of land to build Akon City part two. 

According to Uganda’s NBS TV, the city will operate on AKoin currency, a stellar-based cryptocurrency which will also be used in Senegal’s Akon City. 

Questions have arisen over whether Ugandans will be able to afford living in Akon City, which will likely feature futuristic shopping malls, stadiums and recreational facilities like its sister city some 3,000 miles away. 

Speaking at a press conference this week, Akon insisted: ‘I know if I put it there, they’re going to find a way to afford it because it’s going to motivate them. 

‘But ultimately when you create an opportunity, people grow with that opportunity, people learn with that opportunity, people are motivated with that opportunity.’ 

Construction in Akon City Uganda is scheduled to complete in 2036. 

Last September, Akon unveiled architectural plans for his Senegal project and described it as a ‘home back home’ for African-Americans and the African diaspora. 

The 47-year-old, real name Aliaune Akon Thiam, visited the site in Mbodienne with government officials and detailed the various districts the city will have. 

These include a technology hub, a seaside resort, recording studios and even a movie hub dubbed Senewood – Senegal’s answer to Hollywood or Nigeria’s Nollywood. 

A hospital and police station will be built in the second phase. 

At the time, Akon said he was unable to name the donors who provided the funding due to non-disclosure agreements. 

Akon City Senegal has been likened to Wakanda from Black Panther (Picture: AkonCity.com)

Akon City Senegal is expected to use a ‘smart cities’ approach, a combination of ‘the internet of things (IoT) devices, software solutions, user interfaces (UI), and communication networks’, which has earned comparisons to the nation of Wakanda from Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. 

The entrepreneur’s ambitious projects has led to speculation about Akon’s net worth but, when previously questioned by Nick Cannon, he remained coy about whether he was a billionaire.

In an interview with the Wild N’ Out host, Akon replied: ‘I always felt like if you have to label yourself a billionaire, I don’t even think billionaires label themselves billionaires. Because you have no idea [how much you’re worth].

‘When I hear stuff like that, it makes me sad in such a way because when I travel I see so many things that happen. So many people that need… things to be resolved. And if you have a billion dollars sitting in the bank, while you have all these people suffering, it’s crazy to me.

‘It’s like a waste of a billion dollars.’ 

Construction on Akon City Senegal will get underway this year and is expected to be completed in three years. 

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