By Abdulkarim Ntensibe
Renown Senegalese – American popstar, Investor and Philanthropist Mr. Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, also famously known as Akon arrived in Uganda this morning for a business visit.
He touched base with his team at Entebbe International Airport past midnight and rushed for immediate resting.
The visit follows a recent visit of his wife Rozina Negusir to Uganda earlier in January. She met President Museveni and discussed different investment ventures that can be undertaken.
Akon was received by Mr. Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Musician and Tourism Ambassador Eddie Kenzo, 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 H.E the President to discuss different investment opportunities in various sectors of Energy, Tourism, Infrastructure development among others.
In 2018, the pop star 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. It is the third time the music icon is visiting the Pearl.