After securing a land from the Uganda government, Akon last week announced plans to build a new city.
The Ugandan government revealed at a press conference that it would give Akon “a place suitable in Uganda that has not less than 1 square mile [2.6km²], which will be made available to him and his team,” Minister for Urban Development Isaac Musumba said.
Much like Senegal’s Akon City, the Ugandan project will feature amenities such as shopping malls, stadiums and recreational facilities, and will operate under his cryptocurrency Akoin.
The costs of construction or date of commencement have not been disclosed. However, the project is expected to be completed by 2036.
Akon commented on the news at a conference a few days later. “There’s so much about Uganda that I never knew existed,” he said. “I’m determined to expose that. I want people to understand how beautiful Uganda is, and the best way to do that is to build my city here.”