Akon is one of the most successful rappers on the planet is building his new African “Akon Crypto City,” in Senegal. The Senegalese rapper who has had 12 hits in the Billboard Top Ten, including the famous “Smack That”, made the announcement at Cannes Lions according to Page Six.
Akon is already known for this philanthropic projects, especially the Lighting Africa project that is bringing solar power to Senegal.
A Smart City for Senegal
The president of Senegal has gifted the rapper 2,000 acres of land for the crypto city and Akon has created his own cryptocurrency, the Akoin token, for use in the “100% crypto-based city with Akoin at the center of transactional life […] blend[ing] leading Smart City planning designs with a blank canvas for cryptonizing our daily human and business exchanges, towards inventing a radical new way of existence.”
Akon believes that cryptocurrency can empower African people. He told a panel discussion at Cannes: “I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system and 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 admits he doesn’t know much about the technology; as he said, “I leave that to the geeks.”
Akon for President!
At Cannes, Akon also mentioned the possibility of him running for U.S. president in 2020 and told the audience he imagined a debate between himself, Donald Trump and fellow rapper Kanye West. He said: “And the debate stage will be set where it’s all about me. It’s perfect, a masterplan. I’m going to come in with a team so crazy, man, it’s all going down. I’m not holding my tongue. The way I look at it, win or lose, at least I get the movement going, I get the conversation going.”
That is something we’d probably all like to see. Alternatively, he could challenge John McAfee to a freestylin’ rap battle about the blockchain if McAfee decides to also run for president, as he has suggested he might.