Senegalese -American singer and entrepreneur, AKON presented his Akon City project to the Head State, President of Senegal; Macky Sall on Tuesday September 1st, 2020.
Akon, who first announced his idea for the utopian city back in 2018, has described it as a “real-life Wakanda,” comparing it to the technologically advanced fictional African place, portrayed in the blockbuster film “Black Panther.”
On Monday, Akon said he hoped his project would provide much needed jobs for Senegalese and also serve as a “home back home” for Black Americans and others facing racial injustices.
“The system back home treats them unfairly in so many different ways that you can never imagine. And they only go through it because they feel that there is no other way,” he said.
“So if you’re coming from America or Europe or elsewhere in the diaspora and you feel that you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop.”
Senegalese authorities have embraced him as a native son, introducing him by his given name, Aliuane Thiam and praising him for investing in Africa at a time of such global financial uncertainty.