Singer Akon, born Aliuane Damala Badara, has arrived in Uganda today morning as he seeks to extend his business wings in Africa.
The Senegalese-American Singer, Rapper, Song writer was welcomed by Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, fellow musician and tourism ambassador, Eddie Kenzo and other government officials.
In an interview with STV on the arrival of Akon, Walusimbi thanked God for granting journey mercies to Akon and his delegation.
“We thank God for granting journey mercies that have delivered our son Akon and his delegation safely to Uganda,” Walusimbi said.
According to Isaac Kigozi, the Trade and Investment officer in the office of the president, the singer’s visit will be of great benefit to Uganda.
“This is evident in all the projects he has invested in on the continent including, but not limited to the Afro-futuristic Akon City in Senegal and mining business in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” Kigozi said.
Kigozi noted that Akon’s coming into the country is a response to the call made by President Museveni to all historical African diasporas to return to their mother continent to take up settlement as well as investment.
“We appreciate the president who has a created a secure and conducive environment that attracts big investors like Akon to not only come but also invest their hard-earned money. The security, peace, and infrastructure maintained by government are instrumental in attracting such investors,” he said.
The five-time Grammy awards nominee and his wife Rozina Negusir have attended prayers at Old Kampala Mosque before setting off to Rwakitura to meet President Museveni.