Have you ever wished to simply pack it up and move elsewhere within the world? Well, why not attempt Akon’s city?
The star, who has virtually been lighting up continent with his solar power projects, this week spilt the deets on his next massive project: a full town run by cryptocurrency.
Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Akon said he was planning to develop 2,000 acres of land in Senegal close to the country’s new international airport into a futuristic city run entirely by his new AKoins. The land was gifted to Akon by the president of Senegal.
“I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people, and brings the security back into the currency system, and also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves, and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.”
According to its website, the community will apparently have all the trimmings of a modern city, with schools, libraries and stadiums.
We wonder if he’ll greet new residence like…
Akon’s big news comes in the same week as a similar announcement from SA muso Black Coffee. The star told Billboard that he was planning to build a neighbourhood within Johannesburg centered around his art school.
“We’ve been working on building a music, art and fashion school in a deserted part of Johannesburg as a collaboration between myself and fellow South Africans artist Nelson Makamo and clothing designer Laduma Ngxokolo with the hope of turning the neighbourhood around. Once the school project is complete, with our partners we endeavour to take this even further and establish an entire neighbourhood.”