The president of Senegal, Macky Sall, gave him a 2,000-acre plot of land to develop his city. Recently this week Akon went on social media and announced that he has finalized the agreement with the Senegal government to build AKON City.
I have seen a lot of websites with various headlines stating that Akon is starting his own city. What they not saying is that Akon city will not belong to Akon. Yes, it will be his in name but the ownership will belong to China.
Now I don’t have concrete evidence that proves Akon City will belong to China. What I do know, is that China is buying a lot of land in Africa. “Right now you could say that any big project in African cities that is higher than three floors or roads that are longer than three kilometers are most likely being built and engineered by the Chinese. It is ubiquitous,” said Daan Roggeveen, the founder of MORE Architecture and the author of many publications on urbanization in China and Africa.
The truth is, China is just the latest foreign power to take advantage of the resources that Africa has to offer. “China’s behavior is essentially the same as that of the United States in the second half of the 20th century,” says Ted Bauman, Senior Research Analyst at Banyan Hill Publishing.