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Real-life Wakanda: Akon announces his own city in Senegal


Cat HarperAkon hopes to make the fictional Wakanda in Black Panther a reality in Senegal.

The “I Wanna Love You” singer, who grew up in Senegal, is building a self-named city in the African nation.

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal,” he commented on Instagram. “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”

Akon previously announced his plans for the city, which will trade exclusively in his own digital currency, dubbed AKoin.

“It brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system,” he explained at the Cannes Lions festival in June 2018, according to the BBC. “It also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.”

Akon said he envisions the city with a “futuristic environment”… a “real-life Wakanda.”

Akon City is being built on 2,000 acres given to five-time Grammy nominee by the president of Senegal.

The 46-year old singer also co-founded the Akon Lighting Africa project in 2014, which has brought solar power to 18 African countries.

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