In a statement, the singer expressed his desire to bring jobs to the area by building the city, creating a “home back home” for Black Americans and others experiencing systemic racism. He, along with some government officials, visited Mbodiène to check on the construction site, which has taken in, so far, approximately one-third of the total six billion USD investment that Akon and engineering firm KE International locked in at the start of the year. The first phase of construction is set to take place in early 2021, with 2024 as the projected completion year; Phase Two, 2029. Akon City will be built with all the necessary sectors of a city, like schools, hospitals and police stations, as well as more urban establishments, like parks, universities, a tech hub, a stadium, a seaside resort and recording studios, to mention a few — the city will also be integrated with Akon’s AKOIN cryptocurrency.
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