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Akon wants to build a real Wakanda with his AKoin crytocurrency

When it's completed, the performer will likely be less lonely in his own city.

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Here's what Akon's Crypto City could look like. 

Screenshot by Aloysius Low/CNET

When you've made your smash hit about being all by yourself, it's therefore a great idea to build a city so you can spend time with more people.

Akon, the singer behind 2004's Lonely, is building a futuristic city in Senegal on 2,000 acres of land that's just five minutes from the new international airport and a short drive from the country's capital city of Dakar. The Akon Crypto City has been described as a "real-life Wakanda," a reference to Marvel's Black Panther's fictional high-tech country, which has towering skyscrapers hidden by cloaking technology.

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The city's currency will be 100 percent crypto-based and use Akon's own AKoin digital coin. The city will feature everything a modern city needs, including stadiums, universities, schools and light manufacturing facilities.