Celebrity Cyber Report – Akon

Published On January 22, 2020 | By Tom Huskerson | Celebrity Cyber News

On Monday, singer, songwriter and record producer Akon announced he has finalized an agreement to create “Akon City” in his native Senegal. Akon City will be a renewable energy city designed to be a technology hub powered by the vocalist’s own cryptocurrency, Akoin. Many have likened it to a real life Wakanda from the Marvel ‘Black Panther’ movie.

The 2,000-acre location will be a complex in the seaside city of Mbodiene south of the capital of Dakar. The location is reportedly a gift from Senegalese President Macky Sall as part of an investment pledge for the nation’s ecotourism.

Akon City will reportedly have its own airport and exclusively use Akoin. Last month, the singer-songwriter told Nick Cannon that the city would take 10 years to build, with phase two starting in 2025.

Akon believes that crypto-currency is the key to a wealthier African continent.

“I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people,” Akon said. “Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology offer a more secure currency that enables people in Africa to advance themselves independent of the government.”

According to its website Akoin will be available across all 54 African countries. Akon calls it a “uniting crypto-currency for Africa” and says it will “empower Africa.”

The Akoin ecosystem is intended to be more that just a currency. According to Akon Akoin will help users to establish credit, borrow money, access government services, and more. According to the timeline on the website, an Akoin whitepaper and digital wallet should go live by February of this year.

In the rest of 2020, Akon and Akon City plan to expand Akoin, find partners, and continue to develop the crypto city designs. 

Akoin is not yet available but you can apply to test out Akoin Beta here.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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