Renown Senegalese – American Musician, Investor and Philanthropist Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, also famously known as Akon, arrived in Uganda this Friday morning for a business visit.
This follows a recent visit of his wife Ms. Rozina Negusir to Uganda earlier this year in January.
She had the opportunity to meet President Museveni with whom she discussed different investment ventures that can be undertaken.
“I was pleased to meet such an honourable, genius leader and a walking library. He called me a daughter and gave me a name, Estella Ihangwe. It was amazing to be in the presence of such a knowledgeable leader. I have met several leaders, but President Museveni is exceptionally knowledgeable. You guys are lucky to have such a leader. Seriously, you won’t realize it until he is no longer here,” she said.
Akon was received by Mr. Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Musician and Tourism Ambassador Eddie Kenzo and promoter Isaac Kigozi.
Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda Tourism Board, and Sheik Ramadhan Mulindwa from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.
During his visit, Akon is expected to meet the President to discuss different investment opportunities in various sectors of Energy, Tourism, Infrastructure development to mention but a few.
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 will visit a number of Tourist sites and Religious institutions during his stay in Uganda.
Akon’s wife, who is the President and CEO of Zanar Entertainment, Entreeg Records & Entreeg Entertainment Group, said she intended to invest $12 million in the Ugandan entertainment industry over the course of five years.
“We are here to explore new opportunities in Uganda, we are focused on investing in Agriculture, solar, and real estate. Our main focus is to see how we can bridge the gap between East Africa and West Africa in terms of business and trade,” she said.
We wanted to bring entertainment in Africa, we are looking for a hub, a home to be the Africa Hollywood; America became America not because of Agriculture but because of the entertainment industry. If we bring entertainment whether movie, music award, every year, Uganda can become the home of the entertainment industry,” she added.
“It’s our job to bring the African movies, music, take it to the next level by recognizing ourself, we don’t have to wait for other cultures to recognize us, we are good enough to recognize ourselves.”