Renowned Senegalese-American musician, entrepreneur and investor Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, Known popularly as Akon pays a business visit to east African country, Uganda following his wife’s earlier $12Million investment.
The Musician was given a good reception by some dignitaries including Mr. Abbey Walusimbi, the senior presidential advisor on diaspora affairs, popular musician Eddie Kenzo, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda Tourism Board, and Sheik Ramadhan Mulindwa from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.
His arrival was equally announced officially by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has since flown to Rwakitura to meet President Museveni for a discussion. Official images going rounds proves that the Musician has already made contact with the President.
The proceeds of such meeting were not made public. However, New Vision Newspaper which is a State-owned media outlet stated earlier that the meeting with the President was set to discuss “different investment opportunities in various sectors, including energy, tourism, and infrastructure development.”
Akon’s visit to Uganda came at the backdrop of an earlier visit by his wife, Rozina Negusei and a team of Turkish investors. According to reports by credible local media outlets, Mrs. Rozina made an investment offer of $12 million to transform the Ugandan entertainment industry.
She stated during her visit that, “we wanted to bring entertainment in Africa, we are looking for a hub, a home to be the Africa Hollywood; America became America not because of Agriculture but because of the entertainment industry. If we bring entertainment whether movie, music award, every year, Uganda can become the home of the entertainment industry.”
Akon is yet to officially announce the major project he intends to undertake in the East-African country; however, the Musician has been very consistent and well-known for his projects across the African continent with the Major one being the ongoing Construction of Wakanda city in his home country, Senegal which he planned to extend to other countries.