Akon Biography, NetWorth, Akon City, Personal Life, Tours and Television
Stage Name: Akon
Full Name: Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.
Date of Birth: April 16, 1973
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, US
Nationality:United States, Senegal
Spouse: Tomeka Thiam
Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam is a Senegalese-American singer, record producer, and businessman who was born on April 16, 1973, and goes by the name Akon.
After the release of his first song “Locked Up” (featuring Styles P) and its follow up, “Lonely” in 2004, he became a well-known figure in modern world music. Both songs, which were influenced by hip hop and R&B, came out before Akon’s first studio album, Trouble (2004), which was well received by critics and fans alike.
His second album, Konvicted (2006), was even more successful. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and the songs that came from it, “I Wanna Love You” (featuring Snoop Dogg) and “Smack That” (featuring Eminem), were both nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Akon became the first solo artist to hold the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at the same time twice, with “Don’t Matter” and his guest appearance on Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape” both reaching number one and number two on the chart. His third studio album, Freedom (2008), had the hit song “Right Now (Na Na Na)” in the Hot 100. His 2019 release El Negreeto, his fourth, mixed reggaeton and Latin music.
Along with his solo success, Akon would appear on 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs by other artists as a guest performer. This earned him two more Grammy Award nominations. The two record labels that Akon started are called Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution. They have signed many famous artists, such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinal Offishall, Jeffree Star, and French Montana.
Besides that, he also produces and writes songs for records, mostly for acts on his own labels but also for big name artists like Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Whitney Houston, Mario, Estelle, and more.
Akon has been very active in charity and philanthropic work since then. It was in 2014 that he started the non-profit organization Akon Lighting Africa. He also started building his own city in Senegal, which will be open to the public in 2026. In 2010, Forbes named Akon the 80th most famous person in the world.
In 2011, Forbes named him the 5th most powerful celebrity in Africa. Billboard put Akon at number six on their list of the best digital artists of the decade. With 11 million sales by December 2007, Guinness World Records said he was the best-selling act for master ringtones in the world.
Aliaune Damala Bouga, He was born to a Muslim family in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 16, 1973. Musique player Mor Thiam is his father and dancer Kine Gueye Thiam (née Gueye) is his mother. Mor Thiam was born in Kaolack, Senegal, into a Toucouleur family of Quran experts.
Akon actually called Senegal his “hometown” because he spent a lot of his time there. Akon learned to play five instruments, such as the guitar, drums, djembe, and bass. He moved to Union City, New Jersey, with his family when he was seven years old. Until he settled down in Newark.
He spent time in both the United States and Senegal. Akon had trouble getting along with other kids when he was growing up in New Jersey. The older brother and he were left by their parents in Jersey City when they were in high school. Their parents then moved the rest of the family to Atlanta, Georgia. Akon went to high school in Jersey City at William L. Dickinson.
Akon also began a project in 2014 called Akon Lighting Africa, which gives energy to 15 African countries.
He also started what he called the Konfidence Foundation to help poor children in Africa.
Pitbull’s “I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)” official music video has Akon as a guest star. All of the money made from the song’s sales, streaming, and views will go to Feeding America and the Anthony Robbins Foundation to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In 2018, Akon said he was working with the Senegalese government to create Akon City, a tourist city with a cryptocurrency-based economy. Akoin, Akon’s own coin, would be used for all transactions.
In a tweet on January 13, 2020, Akon said that the deals for the city were now official and the work was beginning. He wrote on a picture of himself with Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”
It was reported in June 2020 that the engineering and consulting firm KE International had been given a $6 billion contract to build the city. This is the same firm that built Mwale Medical and Technology City. The first phase of building will start in 2023 and end in 2026. It will include roads, a hospital, homes, hotels, a police station, a garbage dump, a school, and a solar power plant.
The project has been planned for a long time, but construction has not yet started. People in the area are worried about the lack of progress. Akon told the press on September 1, 2020, that he had poured the first stone of the $6 billion city. “The stone itself sits at the bottom of a dirt track in a field; a small placard advertising the megaproject has fallen off it.”
In the United States, Devyne Stephens has sued Akon for loans totaling almost $4 million that were taken out to help build his future city project. Stephens talked about how Akon City and Akoin are part of a scam.
It has been revealed by Akon that a reality TV show is being made. It will be called “My Brother’s Keeper,” and the plot is that Akon’s two brothers who look a lot alike will go around Atlanta pretending to be him so that people think it is really him. They will try to be treated like VIPs and get free stuff. Akon has said that in Atlanta, many times people have thought his brothers were him.
An announcement was made in 2006 that Akon was going to make a full-length movie about his life called Illegal Alien. Multiple sources say that actor Mekhi Phifer will play Akon in the movie.
In an interview with the Polish website INTERIA.PL in August 2007, Akon revealed that he worked on a movie called “Cocaine Cowboys.” The movie is about Jon Roberts, who is the main pilot for the Medellín Cartel.
As a guest, Akon went into the Big Brother house on November 30, 2007, for Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2. He was also on WWE Raw on November 17, 2008, and Santino Marella talked about him in his speech.
He wrote the English and Hindi words for “Chammak Challo” with music directors Vishal and Shekhar. The song was on the soundtrack for the 2011 Bollywood movie Ra.One.
Akon’s first role was in the 2012 Nigerian-American movie Black November, which also starred a lot of other actors. In the 2014 action movie American Heist, he was in it with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody.
Akon, An American-Senegalese star with a net worth of about 80 million U.S. dollars, came in second place on the list of the richest African artists.
When he talked to Blender in 2007, Akon said that he has six kids with three women, and that he gets along well with all of them. He says that he doesn’t want the people to see his family.
The South African diamond mine owner Akon says there are no blood diamonds or “conflict diamonds” because “I don’t believe in conflict diamonds.” It’s just a show. Take a look. Before Blood Diamond came out, no one thought about or cared about conflict diamonds.
But he has since said that he does believe in blood diamonds and is a part-owner of an African mine that works to stop the use of blood diamonds and gives the money it makes to help local communities.
The ITV2 show The Hot Desk had Akon on it. He said on the show that he likes the English Premier League team Chelsea F.C.
- Black November (2012)
- American Heist (2014)
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
- Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania One-off Concert (2006).
- Konvicted Tour (July to September 2007, then additional dates in 2008)
- The Sweet Escape Tour with Gwen Stefani (April to July 2007)
- Good Girl Gone Bad Tour with Rihanna (Canadian-leg only, September – December 2008)
- Konvict Muzik Tour with T-Pain (Australia only, October 26–27, 2009)
- Summer Tour, (Brazil-leg only, January to February 2010)
- OMG Tour with Usher (North America Second Leg, April – June 2011)