Senegalese-American musician and philanthropist, Akon has been offered a good land size by the Ugandan government to build one of his futuristic crypto-powered cities called the Wakanda City.
This was disclosed by the country’s Minister for Urban Development, Isaac Musumba during a meeting between his outfit, some government officials together with the Musician, and his team of investors.
The minister said the authorities have decided to get “a place suitable in Uganda that has not less than one square mile, which will be made available to him and his team;” adding further that, this will enable them to build the ultra-modern facility “to attract investors.”
The musician in respond appreciated the gesture by the government and made a promise that, some professionals will be flown into the country prior to the rollout of the project to train and equip the locals with the necessary information on construction and management of the property as he plans to create job opportunities for the locals.
The Grammy-Nominated singer who has been doing a lot of projects in Africa said during Tuesday’s conference with the authorities that, he has discovered that, his true calling is to develop the continent. “I always believe now, knowing my true calling is to develop Africa whatever it takes” he said.
The musician revealed further that, “the idea is to utilize all the resources that we built throughout the years and try to rebuild the country;” adding that “we need to unite as a people to make this happen”
The wakanda city according to Akon is a futuristic crypto powered city which will be modeled around technology ridden fictional African city portrayed in the “Black Panther” movie. The facility will use Cryptocurrency “Akoin” and also possess features such as, hospital campuses, a mall, residences, data centers, solar plants, hotels, a police station, a school, a waste facility, a solar power plant among others.
The first of this project was initiated in his home country, Senegal where President Macky Sall allocated 2000 acres of land in Dakar with the government equally earmarking Akon City as a special tax zone with planned tax reliefs to encourage investors. In addition, the Senegalese tourism agency SAPCO has been taxed to fit the city into the country’s tourism vision.
Apart from the Wakanda City, the Musician is also venturing into other investment projects; Akon was earlier reported to have landed a mining deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project which was sealed in December last year establishes an agreement between a company associated with the Musician and a state miner to develop a copper and cobalt mine in resource-rich Congo.