Akon visited Uganda in Exploration of Investment Recourses by way of broadening career Smidgen in Africa
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– Senegalese American Rap artist and singer Akon is visiting Uganda Friday in search of investment opportunities that would extend his business footprint in Africa, where his efforts include a planned futuristic city.
Akon’s coming in the East African nation was disclosed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda. He will greet with President Yoweri Museveni to communicate “different investment opportunities in various sectors, including Energy, Tourism, and Infrastructure Development,’’ according to the state-controlled New Vision Newspaper.
The Senegalese American rap artiste and singer and wife – Rozina Negusei, went to a mosque in the capital, Kampala, Friday April 02nd, 2021. Touring Uganda alongside an organization of possible investors in January, Negusei disclosed proposals to invest $12 million in the Uganda’s entertainment industry.
“When you develop an artist, you develop a nation,” she stated at the time. A Grammy-nominated singer and record producer, Akon has given rise to captions in contemporary years as a pan-African businessman, thrilled in chances on the continent of 1.3 billion people. In December of 2020 a company correlated with Akon entered a deal with a state miner to develop a copper and cobalt mine in resource-rich Congo.
Akon, whose true name is Aliaune Thiam, began a group in 2014 that supports solar energy projects in the rural parts of many African countries. The enthusiasm for Akon Lighting Africa was deeply personal: he found his grandmother was however using candles in Senegal to torch her home.
Akon’s maximum enterprising objective is to build a $6 billion utopian city in Senegal that he characterized as a “real-life Wakanda,’’ describing in reference to the technologically advanced fictional African place depicted in the blockbuster film “Black Panther.’’
In 2020, Akon admitted the comparisons made between Akon City and the utopian society in “Black Panther,” calling it an “honor.” Akon City is envisaged between its police station and even its own cryptocurrency already named AKoin. It pledges a modicum of everything: a seaside resort, a tech hub, recording studios and even a zone dubbed “Senewood” that developers hope will help develop Senegal’s film industry. Akon City has been allocated a piece of land outside the Senegalese capital, Dakar, but structure is yet to commence.
Akon, who was born in the United States to Senegalese parents, expended much of his childhood in the West African country, where supremacies have adopted him as an aboriginal son and lauded him for subsidizing in Africa at a time of such transnational economic skepticism. Akon, 47, rose to notoriety with a debut album in 2004. His hit songs include “Smack That,” featuring rapper Eminem.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent
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