Akon Announces Plans To Build His Own City In Uganda

Rap legend Akon isn’t playing around when it comes to making a positive difference in the world. The hip-hop star has announced plans to build his own city named “Akon City” in Uganda, estimated to cost $6 billion.

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Akon Presents Akon City Build Plans

The exciting news follows the decision by Ugandan government to allocate a square mile of land to the revolutionary development.

Akon shared that the city is expected to be completed by 2036 and described it as “futuristic.” He also specified that the city would be operating on his own AKoin stellar-based cryptocurrency. Akon City marks the second city that Akon plans to build – with the first being one in his ancestral country of Senegal.

“I know if I put it there, they’re going to find a way to afford it because it’s going to motivate them,” Akon said. “But ultimately when you create an opportunity, people grow with that opportunity, people learn with that opportunity, people are motivated with that opportunity.”

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Akon Cracks Into NFT Hustle

Last week, news broke about Akon’s non-fungible tokens (NFTs) platform AkoinNFT aiming to “supercharge and empower” fellow artists.

Music mogul Akon, whose birth name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, announced the Akoin team behind the cryptocurrency AKN has partnered with Taqo.io to launch the AkoinNFT platform for NFTs. It has been a challenging time for creatives, with many unable to resume activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, NFTs have seen growth by creating opportunities for struggling artists and their fans. NFTs are cryptographic assets that can have variable features. They have been used to represent a wide range of unique tangible and intangible items, from art to collectible sports cards to virtual real estate and even digital sneakers. (Coin Desk)

Akon even went to his Instagram page to let people know his NFTs platform is aimed at more than just musicians.

“One of the most amazing artist I’ve come across @bouboudesign_ (look forward to his NFT on #AkoinNFT #senegal”

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Nas x Pan-African Flag

In June 2020, New York rapper Nas went to Instagram to dish out his thoughts on the Pan-African flag. God’s Son detailed how deep-rooted the colors were by referencing lyrics from rap group X-Clan‘s “Funkin’ Lesson.”

“The red, black, and green, 
It’s just so much more than red, black, and green,
You ask what I mean, but yet the sundial shades on lights and dreams, 
Watch too late, oops, upside your head! 
You drop through abyss like lead,
Where you goin’, what’s your speed, what’s your pleasure, what’s your
Trees to branches, roots to seeds, forwards, backwards many
Questions answers, what’s the sum? 
We have come. ~ Brother J/X Clan.”

Rihanna Reps Africa In The Best Way

Grammy-winning singer Rihanna has channeled some serious Wakanda Forever vibes. In May 2018, the superstar crooner shared pics of herself showing the motherland a lot of love by wearing an African pendant around her neck.