Akon announced with Senegal’s minister for tourism, Alioune Sarr, on Monday, September 7th, that he had laid the first stone for “Akon City” in Mbodiène. Mbodiène is a coastal village 62 miles from the capital, Dakar.
Akon first announced plans with the backing from the Senegalese government and was funded by several unanimous investors in 2018. The investors remained unnamed after signing non-disclosure agreements.
The “Lonely” singer said to CNN,
We are looking at Akon city to become the beginning of Africa’s future. Our idea is to build a futuristic city that incorporates all the latest technologies, cryptocurrencies, and also the future of how African society should become in the future.
He took to social media to unveil the first 3-D rendering. The revealing of the plans as 2,000 acres, surrealist, solar-powered “Akon City” includes several shopping malls, music studios, and eco-friendly tourist resorts. “Akoin,” a cryptocurrency, would be the major currency.
Akon said the city would give Senegalese people opportunities and an alternative home for African Americans facing racial discrimination in the United States.
The system back home treats them unfairly in so many different ways that you can never imagine, and they only go through it because they feel that there is no other way. If you’re coming from America or Europe or elsewhere in the diaspora and you feel that you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop.
According to the US-based consulting and engineering firm KE International, they are being contracted to create the city. Work on the city will start early in 2021—completion of the first phase set for 2023. The town will initially cover 135 acres but grow by the end of the decade. Eventually, there will be artificial islands and a marina that can accommodate cruise ships.