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Akon Finalizes Agreements For Akon City In Senegal1 minute read

The 46-years-old singer is a step closer to building his futuristic city.

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Popular singer and business mogul, Akon has reportedly finalized agreements for the establishment of his futuristic Akon City in his home country, Senegal. 

The Senegalese-American singer announced the finalization of the agreements for this self-named renewable city with a focus on solar energy. 

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future” he shared alongside a photo showcasing what appears to be the signed documents.

In an interview with Nick Canon back in December, Akon revealed that  “It’s a 10-year building block so we’re doing it in stages. We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025.”

The city which sits on a 2,000-acre piece of land gifted by Senegal’s President Macky Sall is expected to trade exclusively in digital cash dubbed AKoin. According to the singer, this would help Africans become less dependent on their governments.

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Kenyan ‘Softie’ to premiere in Sundance Film Festival

The subject of the film, Boniface Mwangi won the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award in 2008 .

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Boniface Mwangi’s feature documentary, Softie is set to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in New York on Saturday, January 25. 

Titled after the sociopolitical activist’s childhood nickname, the 96-minute film highlights his lesser-known struggles and accomplishments.

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 23 to February 2, 2020.

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Based in Nairobi, Sam Soko has engaged in civic literacy projects spanning across film, music and books. He is also the co-founder of LBx Africa, a Kenyan production company that service produced the 2018 Oscar-nominated short fiction film, Watu Wote.

The film ‘Softie’ is Sam Soko’s first feature documentary project. In 2018, it won the audience award for best pitch at Hot Docs Forum. 

The subject of the film, Boniface Mwangi won the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award in 2008 for his coverage of the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

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Nigerian music industry to generate $86 million in 2021

This would be a huge leap from the $53 million revenue in 2018.

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The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has projected that the Nigerian music industry is set to generate $86 million (about N3.096 billion) in revenue in 2021.

This was revealed at the Tourism Investment and Business Forum For Africa  (Investor) organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and CASA Africa in Spain, yesterday, January 24.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the forum is on the sidelines of the ongoing 2020 International Tourism Trade Fair which is held annually in Madrid. 

At one of the forum panels, Mohammed revealed that the industry’s revenue grew from $36 million in 2014 to $53 million in 2018. This however still falls significantly short of the fashion and design industry which recorded N4 trillion in earnings in the same year.  

He further revealed that digital music consumption contributed the largest portion of the revenue. This aspect of the growing market has significantly boosted the industry and provided unprecedented access for local artists.

Burna Boy is one of Nigeria’s most commercially succesful artists (Instagram/ burnaboygram).

“Although the art and craft sector largely consists of an unskilled workforce and individuals from remote and poor rural areas, it contributes to addressing some of the challenges that local communities face.

“It is also viewed as a cultural activity which represents the essence of the people’s way of life and serves as an integral part of the travel and tourism industry,” he said.

He concluded that given the impressive numbers the creative industry is being identified as a sector that could aid the diversification goal of the Federal Government

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Ghana signs 5year deal with Afro Nation

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The Ghanaian government has reportedly signed a new five-year deal with the organizers of Afro Nation. With this agreement, the much-celebrated music festival will now be held annually in Ghana till 2025.

This was revealed via a tweet by Gabby Otchere Darko, a close aide to President Nana Addo and a leading member of the NPP.

The 3-day concert which held between 27th and 30th December 2019 featured some of Africa’s biggest stars including Davido, Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Stonebwoy, Burna Boy, Zlatan Ibile, Naira Marley, Mayorkun and Kofi Kinaata. It was also headlined by popular American singer and rapper, 6lack.

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