Akon has been talking about launching his own cryptocurrency, Akoin, for a good year and a half now. His plan also involved launching an “Akon Crypto City” on a 2,000-acre plot of land in his native Senegal, gifted to Akon by Senegalese president Macky Sall. Upon announcing this scheme, Akon said, “I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system and also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.”
Does this sound too ambitious to be real? Like a real-life Wakanda? Well, that’s exactly what Akon has in mind, and it’s really happening. Akon City is a go. And several pilot programs will also see Akoin being used as the central digital currency in Akon City. Sounds more like The Continental from John Wick, but for a much meaningful and purer purpose.
Akon posted an update Monday indicating that he has “finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal” and is “looking forward to hosting you there in the future.” Akon City will supposedly be Senegal’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) city.
Akon City will be the first city to ever run on 100% renewable energy. And the economy will be run entirely on Akoin. It’s supposed to be built in phases over the course of 10 years.Akon spoke to Nick Cannon in a video interview in November
While the project is created with a benevolent purpose for the next generation of Senegalese, and perhaps even a model future city for the world, we do hope that they could work on the logo design with perhaps a more forward-thinking version to represent the soon-to-be native currency of Akon City.
Best of luck to Mr. Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam (aka Akon) and all the future residents of Akon City!