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Is Senegal’s Akon City an impossible dream?

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Is Senegal’s Akon City an impossible dream?

By Jeune Afrique

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Posted on April 5, 2023 08:37

In August 2020, Senegalese-American singer Akon laid the foundation stone for a smart city located over 100km south of Dakar, but work has yet to begin. Delays threaten to stop this pharaonic project that local politicians suspect is a hoax.

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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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