We have seen a number of celebrities endorsing and embracing crypto, but today we have one that is bringing this concept to a whole new level. It is the 45-year-old singer Akon, best known for its “Smack That” song, who wants to create an entire “crypto city.”
A real-life Wakanda?
As CoinDesk has nicely put it, Akon aims to create a real-life Wakanda, which as you may know is a the city prominently featured in the Black Panther film and comics. He’s not doing it alone though, with the president of Senegal — Macky Sall — “chipping in” with the 2,000 acres of land for the future city.
Already in development, the Akon Crypto City will be equipped with everything a normal city would have — including residential buildings, shops, parks, schools, universities and more. It will “blend 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,” according to the project’s official description.
New cryptocurrency for the new city
The city is only one piece of the puzzle; Akon is also launching its very own cryptocurrency, Akoin, that will be used in this 100 percent crypto-based city in Africa.
“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 said at Cannes Lions while announcing the bold project, as reported by Page Six.
The Senegal-descent himself, Akon has been largely transferred his career focus to giving back to African communities in recent years. He launched the Akon Lighting Africa project in 2014 aimed at solving electricity shortage problems in Africa.
“Start your career with what you’re great at… not what you want to do. Build your career then chase your passion,” he said.