It’s been more than a year since singer Akon marked the beginning of construction of his futuristic Akon City in Senegal, but since then nothing has happened.
In fact, the stone that he laid to mark the occasion is now almost lost among the dirt and overgrown grass, and the tiny placard advertising the $6 billion futuristic city has fallen off it.
Akon, a Senegalese-American singer-songwriter best known for his R&B hits such as “Smack That” launched his eponymous city in September 2020, to great fanfare and international media attention, reports AFP.
But, since the laying of the ceremonial stone in 2020 nothing has been done to start the development of the city that was party inspired by Wakanda from the Marvel movie “Black Panther”.
Although none of the locals in the area were aware of this, the developers have promised to upscale the local people in an effort to alleviate poverty in the area and create jobs.
AFP further reports the developers confirmed that a stadium, casino, luxury high-rise apartment complexes, and an education district that will accommodate the most prestigious universities in the world are also part of the plans.
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