African music star Akon whose real name is Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam arrived in Uganda on Friday morning ahead of his meeting with President Yoweri Museveni.
Akon arrived aboard Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa at 12.55 am last night and is scheduled to President Museveni today.
His trip will also involve a visit to national parks in the country.
His visit follows a recent trip to Uganda by his wife Ms. Rozina Negusir earlier this year. Akon's wife also had the opportunity to meet President Museveni and they discussed different investment ventures that can be undertaken.
Akon was received by 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 Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.
In 2018, Akon 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 Religious institutions during his stay in Uganda.
Who is Akon
A Senegalese-American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor from New Jersey, Akon 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."
He later founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution. The labels served as vital for many soon-to-be successful acts, such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinal Offishall, Jeffree Star and Red Café, among others.
His second album, Konvicted (2006), received three nominations for the Grammy Awards, Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You". The album spawned four top-ten hits in the US, "Smack That," "I Wanna Love You," "Don't Matter" and "Sorry, Blame It on Me." His third studio album Freedom (2008) was led by the single "Right Now (Na Na Na)."
Akon is the second international music star to visit Uganda in a period of two years after rapper Kanye West who visited Uganda together with his wife Kim Kardashian. The two also met the President of Uganda.