Just like Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther, Akon promises says his city will be a “futuristic environment”. He calls it “the first 100% crypto-based city with AKoin at the centre of transactional life”.
kon released his debut album, Trouble, in 2004
Under the “Akoin Ecosystem”, consumers will be able to buy, hold and spend cryptocurrency straight from their smartphones.
“It brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system,” Akon explained.
“It also allows the people to utilise it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.”
However, Akon admitted he didn’t know all the technical aspects of his new venture.
“I come with the concepts and let the geeks figure it out,” he said.
What is cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that operates independently from a central bank.
It uses cryptography (the conversion of information into an almost uncrackable code) to secure and verify transactions.
This makes it extremely difficult to counterfeit.
The first and probably most famous cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, which was created by an unknown person using the name Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009.