The first phase of the city erection started in March 2019 and the second phase is set to start in 2025. The city will take 10 years to build. Also, it is estimated that Akon city, upon completion, will have gulped $2 billion. Akoin city will also be the first certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified city in Senegal. It will be fully powered by renewable energy.
Akon seems to be a lot more focused on entrepreneurship than his music. In 2014, he launched the Akon Lighting Africa project to provide electricity to millions of Africans.