You may have heard rumors about it, but Akon’s city in Africa is becoming a reality. The six billion-dollar city will be centered in Akon’s hometown of Senegal.
The city, laid in the Atlantic Ocean village of Mbodiene, will accommodate 300,000 residents, hotels, a university, hospitals, business, and leisure centers including a casino, as well as movie studios, with futuristic designs by architect Hussein Bakri and African sculptures for inspiration.
Akon says that he got the idea when he moved to New Jersey at the age of 6 and African-Americans didn’t know a lot about African customs, Akon says he wanted to build a place where African-American’s would know there was a is a “home back home.”
Akon also set up “Akon Lighting Africa” to boost solar power in the region and says “Akon City” will use renewable sources found in Africa where possible. The first phase is set to be completed in 2023 with the entire city scheduled for completion by 2029.