Rapper Akon reveals plans for Black Panther’s futuristic $ 6 billion Wakanda-inspired city

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Rapper Akon has revealed plans for a futuristic $ 6 billion city in his homeland of Senegal modeled on Black Panther’s Wakanda.

The R&B star, who owns two multi-platinum albums, said at a press conference Monday that he laid the foundation stone for the town of Mbodiene village in the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles to south of the capital Dakar.

Solar-powered Akon Town will offer hotels, a university, hospitals, business and leisure centers, including a casino, as well as movie studios, all featuring futuristic designs by architect Hussein Bakri, with African sculptures for inspiration.

Wakanda, the fictional African city from the Black Panther comic book series, served as further inspiration, Akon acknowledged.

Solar-powered Akon Town will offer hotels, a university, hospitals, business and leisure centers, including a casino, as well as movie studios, all featuring futuristic designs by architect Hussein Bakri , with African sculptures for inspiration

Wakanda, the fictional African city from the Black Panther comic book series, served as further inspiration, Akon acknowledged

Wakanda, the fictional African city from the Black Panther comic book series, served as further inspiration, Akon acknowledged

While growing up in the US state of New Jersey, where his family moved to when he was seven, Akon “met a lot of African Americans who didn’t really understand their culture,” the player said. 47 years.

“So I wanted to build a city or a project like this that will give them the motivation to know that there is a house in their house,” he said, adding that he had received the blessing – and advice – elders from Mbodiene.

Speaking alternately in English and Wolof, the dominant language in Senegal, the talent with hits like “Locked Up” and “Smack That” said Akon City would also include a “village of African cultures”.

“When you come from America, Europe or anywhere in the diaspora, and you feel like visiting Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop,” Akon said, rightly. name Alioune Badara Thiam.

The musician and green entrepreneur who created Akon Lighting Africa to boost solar power on the continent said the new city will be built with renewable materials of African origin wherever possible.

He said the project would cost a total of $ 6 billion but would not name major investors due to confidentiality clauses.

“We are always talking with partners and investors,” Akon said, adding that local investment “no matter how small or large” would be welcome.

Akon said he told Bakri – who accompanied him to the press conference – “I need a building that looks like a statue that you can take home… like real African sculptures that they manufacture in the villages. “

He added: “The shapes can be weird, but they are African. “

Work will begin early next year, with the completion of the first phase scheduled for 2023.

Akon, pictured left, said at a press conference on Monday that he laid the foundation stone for the town of Mbodiene village in the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles south of the capital Dakar.

Akon, pictured left, said at a press conference on Monday that he laid the foundation stone for the town of Mbodiene village in the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles south of the capital Dakar.

Akon performing with Becky G at the European MTV Awards in Seville, Spain last year

Akon performing with Becky G at the European MTV Awards in Seville, Spain last year

The city will initially cover some 55 hectares (135 acres) but will grow to 500 hectares by the end of the decade, with plans for man-made islands and a marina that can accommodate cruise ships.

Bakri said the city’s population would eventually reach 300,000.

It has even already been reported that the city will trade a cryptocurrency named “AKoin” after itself.

West Africa continues to suffer from the economic pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic and such a level of private investment, at a time when it seems scarce, is therefore essential.

Senegalese Tourism Minister Alioune Sarr praised the project, saying he hoped it would give the lie to “Cassandras … who still sees new projects as pipe dreams” and pledged to help ensure that it is completed on time.

Akon, who said the project would benefit the local population, especially young Senegalese, is not the only international star with West African roots involved in such investments.

British actor Idris Elba – son of a Ghanaian mother and a Sierra Leonean father – plans to build an ecotourism resort on an island off Sierra Leone, after visiting the former British colony in December from last year.

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