R&B singer Akon is leading a $6 billion project to turn an oceanfront village in his native Senegal into a stunning metropolis.
The warp metallic skyscrapers planned for Akon City with ultramodern and stunning views with claims that the blueprint bears a striking resemblance to Wakanda, the African sci-fi supercity the Black Panther calls home and will even operate with its own cryptocurrency, the “Akoin.”
The multiplatinum star, who is dubbing his futuristic new luxury development “Akon City,” was in the West African nation’s capital of Dakar on Monday to lay the lofty project’s ceremonial first stone.
“I want the buildings to look like real African sculptures that they make in the villages,” Akon, 47, told a masked crowd Monday in the seaside capital, Dakar.
Akon City is located “in the heart of Cadastral de Mbodiene park … within the beautiful landscape of water and surrounding nature,” its website details, adding that the location “is easily accessible to commuting as well as to the general public.”
“Akon City will set the standard for all future real estate development in Senegal as a country and region as a whole.”
The city will be divided into seven major districts the African culture village district, the offices and residential district, the entertainment district, the health and safety district, the education district, the technology district, and the Senewood district.
Senegalese officials celebrated alongside Akon on Monday, describing the project as a way to boost the country’s economy and revitalize a tourism industry ravaged by the coronavirus.
Although there is a controversy amidst local architect, “The images he is publishing, there is no consideration for anything related to Senegal, to our climate, to our materials, to our needs,” Mamy Tall, a local architect said. “This plan will now change due to his recommendation,” Akon responded with out elaborating.
The Senegalese American artist, Akon, was in town to lay the first stone in a cornfield on 2,000 acres of coastal land given to him by the Senegalese government. Construction, he said, is set to begin early next year.