Renowned American musician, rapper, philanthropist and now blockchain innovator, Akon’s decision to create a city based on a real life Wakandan model in his parent’s birthplace, Senegal made waves in the cryptoverse and all over the world.
Calling it an inspiration from the fictional city of Wakanda from the 2018 hit movie, Black Panther might be a bit of an overstatement but hear us out!
The city is set to be the world’s first crypto powered city in the world, providing newfound opportunities and business solutions not only for it’s citizens but also for other African nations.
Akon was awarded with a massive 2,000 acres of land in Senegal by the President for his monumental work in providing solar power and energy to around 18 African countries via his Lighting Africa initiative which he launched in 2014. These 2,000 acres are the birthplace of the future with the help of it’s very own crypto called Akoin.
According to the official Akon website, it can be described as, “A unique global project that offers an abundance of digital and in-real-life platforms and experiences that create opportunity and inclusion for youth entrepreneurs by allowing consumers to buy, hold, and spend cryptocurrency right from their smartphone through a suite of blockchain-powered apps.”
In 2018, Akon explained the reasoning behind this move and offered his take on why people should be investing in cryptos on the Drink Champ series at Revolt TV. He said, “I realized that this crypto is going to be the future in currency. I just watch how things changed drastically in time to digital…Crypto is going to become the next digital currency. So if you don’t invest in that now, if you don’t see that coming, you’re a fool.”
Talking about his own venture and blockchain technology at the 2018 Cannes Lion panel Akon said, “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.”
Whether or not Akon’s vision for his crypto city will become the mega metropolitan of the future is yet to be seen, but the idea of an actual Wakandan utopia is definitely worth the wait!