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Akon Confirms Agreement For His New City In Senegal, 'Akon City'

It's official, Akon is developing a new city in Senegal.

Akon is developing his own city in Senegal.

The musician and entrepreneur confirmed the signing of the agreement for Akon City earlier this week in an Instagram post. "Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future," he wrote.

Akon had previously talked about his plans to launch a "Crypto City" in Senegal which would run on his own cyptocurrency, AKoin.

He's also been working on initiatives like the Lighting Africa Project, which aims to bring electricity to homes in West Africa through solar power.

Akon explained his plans in more detail last year in an interview with Nick Cannon: ""It's all renewable, the Akon-tainment solar city," he mentions. "It's a 10-year building block so we're doing it in stages. We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025."


The Jakarta Post reports that Akon signed the agreement with the state-owned tourism company SAPCO to build the city:

"SAPCO Secretary General Aliune Ndiaye told AFP that the deal was a memorandum of understanding, so the size of the future investment is still unclear. He added, however, that Akon plans to build a complex in the seaside village of Mbodiene, some 120 kilometers south of the capital Dakar," The Jakarta Post writes.

See Akon's announcement below.

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Stonebwoy And Vic Mensa Collaborate on New Single 'Blessing'

The Grammy-nominated Stonebwoy has dropped the single and visuals for "Blessing" featuring Vic Mensa.

Afro-dancehall extraordinaire Stonebwoy has teamed up with activist rapper Vic Mensa for his latest single "Blessing," which is accompanied by phenomenal visuals. The track promises to be a 2021 anthem.

Stonebwoy explains that he wanted the track to motivate fans to continue striving for more. He had this to say about the inspiration behind the creation of "Blessing":

"Our thoughts manifest into our reality and often we sit and expect to be blessed without any carnal input. This song speaks about the things I'll do this year which are very relatable to everyone one. I hope the song motivates those aspiring to achieve these blessings."

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YouTube Shuts Down Homophobic Nigerian Megachurch Channel

A YouTube channel belonging to Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua's megachurch has reportedly been taken down for slapping gay church members as a form of "gay curing" therapy.

Prominent Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua's church channel has reportedly been deactivated by YouTube. This, after UK-based organisation OpenDemocracy sent complaints to YouTube two weeks ago. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) YouTube channel allegedly housed several gay conversation videos, one of which showed the pastor violently slapping a gay member as a form of exorcism to drive out "unclean spirits".

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