Good news if you’re an Akon superfan; soon you won’t be limited to just concerts in order to get closer to him, because the performer and entrepreneur has announced that he is creating his own futuristic “Akon City” in West Africa. Designed to make transactions easier and less cash-dependent for citizens of Senegal, the destination will deal in a specially created cryptocurrency called Akoin.  

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Akon has said plans are underway for "Akon City" in Senegal © Paras Griffin

The singer, who is of Senegalese descent, announced the finalisation of the plans he has for the country on social media recently, posting an image of himself holding signed paperwork on Instagram and Twitter along with the caption, “Just finalised the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”

According to CNN, Akon, whose full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, previously had information on his official website that outlined Akon City as being a five-minute drive from Senegal’s new international airport, with the development project expected to launch in July.

The city will not be far from Dakar © Dereje / Shutterstock

There is also a website dedicated to Akoin where he lays out the benefits and plans ahead for the cryptocurrency. 

The entertainer has previously invested in a diamond mine in South Africa stating that he wanted to change the negative image and reputation associated with the business, as well as launching a programme that is working towards providing solar power to developing countries in Africa. 

Along with Co-Founder Kine Gueye Thiam, Akon’s charity Konfidence Foundation does works to help empower youths in Senegal.

Read more: Dakar: Senegal's city of rhythm

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