Senegalese American singer Akon announced plans to build “Akon City” in Senegal as a way of giving back to Africa in 2018. The country’s president, Macky Sall, gifted Akon 2,000 square acres of land to build the establishment.

This $6 billion project, inspired by the film BlackPanther, began construction in 2019 before being stalled by the COVID pandemic effects.

With plans back on track now, the first phase of “Akon City” in Senegal will be open for living in 2026 with an initial focus on tourist attractions. Construction will officially begin in 2023, with the first stage completed in time for Senegal to host the Junior Olympics.

Blueprint for the solar-powered and sustainable city will still reflect a “real-life Wakanda” with universities, hotels, a stadium, an airport for tourists to fly in and out, boating docks, a food, and beverage store, in addition to the 10,000-bed hospital set to be the largest in Africa.

Source: Yahoo Finance

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