Senegalese-born African-American singer, Aliaune Damala Badara popularly known as Akon has revealed plans to open schools in Africa, an initial project he and the late Micheal Jackson had planned to carry out.
During an interview with HipHopDX, Akon said that he and Micheal Jackson had big dreams of partnering in great ways to help and support students in Africa. He said that the late Micheal Jackson had a very caring personality and a great passion for helping African children. Still, unfortunately, death snatched life from him, and he was unable to fulfill some of his wishes.
He said, “Mike was just an amazing person man, I wish people had a chance to understand and really experience the person the way I did”.
Akon explained how zealous Micheal wanted to assist African children in achieving success in their life, as he was unable to really experience childhood life because he had risen to stardom at a very young age.
“His biggest thing was always making sure that kids were in a comfortable position to be a kid because he never really has a childhood himself”, he added.
Micheal did not have the chance to live a normal kid’s life, he could not attend carnivals, see movies, or eat candy like any normal kid.
He also disclosed that Micheal Jackson planned on opening music schools for kids to learn the act of playing instruments, vocal coaching, the music business, and entertainment as a whole.
He revealed that he would name the educational district after the pop icon, and he said “I’m gonna be naming it MJ University”.
However, Akon has also been a philanthropist to his hometown and Africa as a whole. In 2014, he started a project called Akon Lighting Africa which provides electricity in 15 African countries. He also owns a charity for unprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation.
In 2018, he announced his collaboration with the Senegalese government to build a tourist city with a cryptocurrency-based economy named Akon City. the project is worth $4 billion US dollars.