Would’ve been cool if it was though.
Mr Lonely may have made a come back to the cut throat world of hip-hop recently, but that’s not why he’s making headlines. The rapper/business mogul/philanthropist , whose real name I literally can’t pronounce, has been making waves in a non musical capacity since he went on his 3 year hiatus back in 2010. Not only has he empowered African locals through his Akon Lighting Africa project, he’s also started his own cryptocurrency called Akoin, as well as a charity for children in need.
He’s now adding to that impressive roster with an even more impressive feat: His own city. That’s right, Akon has teamed up with Senegal’s state-owned tourism company SAPCO to create Akon City. The rapper uploaded a picture of himself along with administrators at what looks like a signing ceremony signalling the official beningging of the project along with the caption “looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”
Of course, you must be wondering if Akoin will be used in Akon City. For now, we can’t confirm or deny that as, well, we’ve yet to have any details on the damn thing but it would seem apt, wouldn’t it?
In an interview with Nick Cannon late last year, Akon explained that the project is a “10 year building block” and that it will be split into a series of development stages. With construction starting back in March 2019, stage two is set to begin in 2025. The city itself will be built in the seaside village of Mbodiene, with the whole theme behind the project being the sustainability.
Say what you want about his music or how he once dry humped a 15 year old fan at one of his concerts (the video does NOT look good) but this dude has a heart of gold and without a doubt deserves more recognition for all the good he’s done over the last decade.