by Beatrice Ambasa
April 8, 2021
Celebrated American RnB singer Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, alias Akon is in Uganda to venture into his investment opportunities to extend his business footprints to East Africa.
The musician met President Yoweri Museveni on Friday, where they talked about possible business opportunities.
Akon was accompanied by his wife Rozina Negusei, the president and CEO of Zanar Entertainment, En-treeg Records, and Entreeg Entertainment Group.
This is Negusei’s second meeting with the Ugandan president this year. Her other meeting with Museveni was in February, during which similar discussions were held.
In a series of tweets on Friday, President Museveni explained why Uganda is the most favorable country to invest in, stating that other than its fantastic weather, Uganda sits squarely on the Equator but with a high altitude, making it one of the two other places in the world ‘gifted that much.
“Mama Janet Museveni and I told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude. This is unique! There are only about two other places gifted that much,” Museveni said on Twitter.
The Grammy-nominated singer who plans to build a futuristic city in Africa has in the past expressed interest in making investments in various parts of Africa.
In Senegal, plans are underway for a cryptocurrency-powered city, which he has previously branded a “real-life Wakanda.”
The $6 billion investment will span across 2,000 acres, located some 60 miles to the south of Senegal’s capital Dakar. Akon laid the first stone for the project in September 2020.