Akon’s futuristic city has been under construction for several years in the making, a journey that the Konvict Muzik mogul has kept his fans updated on since he first revealed his big plan.
Last month, the Senegal-raised singer-rapper announced that he finalized an agreement securing land for his city to be built upon. While there’s still plenty that needs to be developed until the city comes to fruition, Akon has already mapped out his plans for Akon City. TMZ ran into Akon at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday (Feb. 13) where the 46-year-old detailed some of his vision for the city. According to Akon, the hardest part of the process was securing the land. With that out of the way, he anticipates the other pieces will start to fall into place as he intended.
“We got all the licenses to move forward,” he shared with TMZ. As for his plans for the city, Akon wants to erect a metropolitan haven akin to the Maldives or Bahamas where African businesses can flourish unimpeded.
“I’m trying to create an area where I can work out my partnership with the government to where it’s a free zone where you don’t have to pay no taxes. You get all of the incentives coming there like if you go to the Maldives or Bahamas,” he explained, adding “I want businesses to come, post there and make it a headquarters for all of Africa.”
While Akon City has been likened to the fictional African nation of Wakanda, Akon shared that he envisions a “futuristic,” self-sustaining economy that will be powered by the latest technologies.
“I don’t want nothing from the old days. I want it all to be based on tomorrow's technology and built for our future,” he elaborated. “All the latest technology now is our instruments, minerals and resources taken from Africa. I’m already in Africa. We can build everything in Africa without having to source anything from the outside.”
Akon’s clarification didn’t exactly clear up confusion over the bigger picture of how his city will function but he promised he’s going to post a 3D rendering of Akon City on YouTube soon to give people a better idea of how the metropolis will take shape.
Listen to Akon’s sentiments in full below.
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