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What happened to the “real-life Wakanda” Akon City?

Akon was inspired by the movie Black Panther, to create a “real-life Wakanda” utopia called Akon City. This $6 billion smart city in Senegal, masterminded by Senegalese American singer and entrepreneur Akon, was first announced in 2018, and promised to offer a second home for African diaspora residents. Also dubbed the “Crypto City”, the city’s financial infrastructure would trade exclusively in its own digital cash currency (cryptocurrency) called Akoin.

Akon, also known as Aliaune Damala Thiam, previously had information on his official website outlining the city as being a 5-minute drive from Senegal’s new international airport. An actual rendering of the planned development of this futuristic metropolis along the Atlantic coast was unveiled on a 2,000 acre land. The render included roads, a hospital campus, a shopping mall, residential estates, hotels, a police station, a school, a waste facility, parks, a luxury resort, condos, offices, a stadium, a photovoltaic solar power plant, and an artificial-intelligence data center.

Construction was meant to start years back near the town of Mbodiène but the project has been riddled with delays and controversy. As of today, it has not yet begun and tumbleweed rolls through the Wakanda-inspired dream with only one building meant to be the ‘welcome center’, standing partially complete. A lawsuit against Akon was filed to recover almost $4 million (USD) borrowed as part of the implementation of this futuristic city project.

What went wrong? People have cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a possible cause for delay while some say our futuristic wakanda crypto smart city was likely a scam.

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  1. What went wrong? People have cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a possible cause for delay while some say our futuristic wakanda crypto smart city was likely a scam.

    What went wrong? People have cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a possible cause for delay while some say our futuristic wakanda crypto smart city was likely a scam.

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  2. We can prevent this in future: 1. Allow investors but have regulations and rules on how they work. 2. Local people, companies, or organisations must be involved. 3. Conduct feasibility studies on the possibility of success. 4. Do background checks on investors to avoid scamers. 5. Limit investment tRead more

    We can prevent this in future:

    1. Allow investors but have regulations and rules on how they work.

    2. Local people, companies, or organisations must be involved.

    3. Conduct feasibility studies on the possibility of success.

    4. Do background checks on investors to avoid scamers.

    5. Limit investment timelines and only increase them after the initial phase is passed.

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