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His fame preceded him, opening the doors to the holiest of all holies. Alioune Badara Thiam (aka Akon), a Senegalese native son who became a music star on the other side of the Atlantic, saw the red carpet rolled out before him – from the ministry of tourism to the Senegalese presidency – when he unveiled the ambitious project he had for his parents’ home country in 2018.
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