Rapper Akon finalizes deal on Akon City in Senegal

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 04: Recording artist and Royole Chief Creative Officer Akon speaks during a press event for CES 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 5-8 and is expected to feature 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 01: Senegalese-American recording artist Akon speaks at an African Energy Initiative discussion at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters on February 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. The discussion examined efforts to increase access to energy in Africa, as part of the ‘Akon Lighting Africa’ initiative. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Multi-award winning singer and businessman Akon has signed a deal to have his own city in Senegal.

The city will be known as “Akon City”.
“Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” his tweet read.
Akon, who is originally from Senegal, announced plans for the futuristic “Crypto city” in 2018 saying that the city would be built on a 2,000-acre land gifted to him by President Macky Sall.
The new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin, he said.

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.