Akon

Akon

Founder of Akon Lighting Africa and the Akoin cryptocurrency

Who Is Akon?

Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, also known mononymously as Akon, is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor from New Jersey. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble (2004), followed by the second single "Lonely." In 2020, he launched Akoin Cryptocurrency in Kenya as the pilot for $6 Billion Akon City.


Key quote:
"Young entrepreneurs in Africa are facing real hardships in creating and building businesses — problems that have hampered sustained development for too long."

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