Senegalese- American singer Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam arrived in Uganda Thursday 01 April 2021 and is expected to meet President Museveni in Rwakitura.
Akon was received by Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Isaac Kigozi, the managing director, East African Partners (EAP) – a company that markets the region as an investment destination, Musician and Tourism Ambassador Eddie Kenzo, Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda Tourism Board, and Sheik Ramadhan Mulindwa from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.
This follows a recent visit of his wife Rozina Negusir to Uganda earlier this year in January where she had an opportunity to meet President Museveni and they discussed different investment ventures that can be undertaken.
‘’ Akon is expected to meet H.E the President to discuss different investment opportunities in various sectors of Energy, Tourism, Infrastructure development to mention but a few’’, a source said.
In 2018, Akon announced plans to establish a $6 billion futuristic Pan-African smart city in Senegal dubbed “Akon City”. Supported by the Senegalese Government, the 800-hectare solar-powered city will feature shopping malls music studios, tourist resorts among other attractions.
Akon who will also be accompanied by a delegation of CEOs from over 13 companies from USA, Turkey, UK and France is expected to visit a number of Tourist sites and Religious institutions during his stay in Uganda.
While in Uganda, Akon’s wife, Negusei pledged to invest $12m USD in the country’s entertainment sector. Negusei who is also the President and CEO of Zanar Entertainment, Entreeg Records & Entreeg Entertainment Group, said the investment will be for about years.