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Akon is building his own city, currency in Senegal


Singer Akon says he has finalised the agreement to have his own city in Senegal, West Africa. 

He tweeted on Monday, “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.” 

The artiste of Senegalese announced plans for his crypo city in 2018. He said the city would be built on a 2,000 acre piece of land gifted to him by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall. 

The new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin, CNN reports. 

“Young entreprenuers are everywhere, now, with Akoin, they have both a currency and a platform to help them make positive economic and social impact,” Akon is quoted on his website. 

Reports also suggest that Akon City will be built in the seaside village of Mbodiene, five minutes from Senegal’s new international airport.

Brought up in a family of musicians, Akon spent his early childhood in Senegal before leaving at the age of seven to live in the USA in Union City, New Jersey, his website states. 

“In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, Akon has had 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the first artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.”

An artistic impression of Akon City

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