Multi-award winning singer and businessman Akon has signed a deal to have his own city in Senegal.
Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future pic.twitter.com/dsoYpmjnpf
— AKON (@Akon) January 13, 2020
The official website for the city said at the time it would be a five-minute drive from the West African state’s new international airport.
Known for songs like “Locked Up,” “Lonely” and “Oh Africa,” the Grammy-nominated rapper is more recognized as a businessman than a musician these days.
His most recent venture is Akon Lighting Africa which is providing solar power to African countries.
Akon Lighting Africa is a project started in 2014 with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang which aimed to provide electricity by solar energy in Africa. The projects provided electricity in 14 African countries as of 2015 and employed over 5000 people, and Akon said they have reached 1 million households in African nations.
Since launching in 2014, Akon’s group has operations in 14 nations, including Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Benin and Sierra Leone.