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    Inside Akon’s Meeting With M7: It Was Totally “Personal” Bussiness, He Might End Up Setting Another “Real-Life” Wakanda City In Uganda…

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    Akon (R) sharing a light moment with President Museveni (L) at his Rwakitura country home

    Senegalese- American singer Akon has left many people talking since his arrival in Uganda yesterday morning.

    What Brings Akon To Uganda?

    With others excited and some questioning Akon’s visit to Uganda, the rap star’s trip to the pearl of Africa is solely in search of investment opportunities that would extend his business footprint in Africa, where his efforts include a planned futuristic city.

    The singer, real names Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam jetted into the country to meet President Museveni at the latter’s country home in Rwakitura.

    On arrival, Akon who was welcomed by Ugandan BET award winner Eddy Kenzo first visited the Old Kampala Mosque where he held prayers with Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubajje, before he boarded a military chopper to Rwakitura to have a talk with President Yoweri Museveni.

    Amb. Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora affairs said Akon’s visit is a follow-up of an earlier visit by his wife Rozina Negusei earlier in February which ended with a promise to return with husband and investors.

    The singer on arrival was accompanied by a delegation of CEOs from over 13 companies from USA, Turkey, UK and France.

    While in Uganda, Akon’s wife, Negusei pledged to invest $12m USD in the country’s entertainment sector.

    According to Amb. Walusimbi, Akon came to meet the president as a potential investor. He is here to explore more investment opportunities, Walusimbi confirmed.

    “Akon and his wife, have come to Uganda in search of business opportunities in a number of sectors like energy, tourism, and infrastructure development. I am happy to engage in such a discussion that will uplift our people and Africa at large,” President Museveni said.

    “Mama Janet Museveni and I told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude. This is unique! There are only about two other places gifted that much, the President added.

    Amb. Walusimbi further noted how the Senegalese singer who has established himself as a big investor after recently acquiring a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo has also set up several investments including the Akon city back home in Senegal.

    “Indeed if all goes well, you never know he might end up setting another Akon city in Uganda,” Walusimbi added.

    Akon City: A “Real-Life” Wakanda

    A Grammy-nominated singer and record producer, Akon has made headlines in recent years as a pan-African businessman interested in opportunities on the continent of 1.3 billion people. In December a company associated with Akon reached a deal with a state miner to develop a copper and cobalt mine in resource-rich Congo.

    But Akon’s most ambitious goal is to build a $6 billion utopian city in Senegal that he described as a “real-life Wakanda,” comparing it to the technologically advanced fictional African place portrayed in the blockbuster film “Black Panther.”

    The singer last year acknowledged the comparisons made between Akon City and the utopian society in “Black Panther,” calling it an “honor.”

    Akon City is envisaged to have its own hospital, police station and even its own cryptocurrency already named AKoin. It promises a bit of everything: a seaside resort, a tech hub, recording studios and even a zone dubbed “Senewood” that developers hope will help develop Senegal’s film industry.

    About The Akon Lighting Africa Project

    theGrapevine understands that over 6 years back, Akon started a group  that backs solar energy projects in the rural parts of many African countries. The inspiration for Akon Lighting Africa was deeply personal; he found his grandmother was still using candles in Senegal to light her home.

    The singer was then inspired to come up with the Akon Lighting Africa project started in 2014 by himself, with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang. The project aims to provide electricity by solar energy in Africa, and their initial technique is to install solar street lights and small energy systems.

    By Baron Kironde

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    How Many Of You Throwing Tantrums And Jealousy Came To Visit Me When I Was Down? – Chameleone Blasts Haters Attacking Him For Receiving Car From M7’s Brother…

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    Musician Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleone

    Musician Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleone has blasted people castigating him for receiving a car gift from President Museveni’s brother Nuwagira Michael alias Toyota.

    Before receiving the car, Chameleon having declared that he is a true member of the NRM and has never belonged to any other party.

    Since the viral video of the musician receiving the car, many Ugandans took to social media to rebuke Chameleone.

    However, in a post today evening on his Facebook page, Chameleone has warned that he will not be intimidated.

    “I was born free like any of us, I see many building and customizing others by their expectations. That’s not a free way to live together in harmony. God manifests himself in people today. The devil too!!

    We can’t all live in your opinion, that is a prison,” he said.

    “How many of you throwing tantrums and jealousy came to visit me when I was down? Waste your data on relevancy. This is just a car. What if a plane?” he asked.

    “Mbu this, That – Don’t force or intimidate anyone. Just be the example of the freedom and free society promised for us one day,” he said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Chameleon Will Be Judged By His Own Actions – Bobi Wine…

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    NUP party boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (L) and Joseph Mayanja (R) alias Bobi Wine

    National Unity Platform (NUP) party boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has cautioned fellow artiste Joseph Maayanja alias Chameleone on leaving the cause for the oppressed.

    “Mr. Chameleon’s decision to abandon the oppressed and joined a dictator was his own and I cannot stop him,” Kyagulanyi said in a televised interview on Tuesday.

    “Chameleon like other oppression figures, will be judged by his own actions,” Kyagulanyi added.

    Chameleon having declared over the weekend that he is a true member of the NRM, also revealed that he has never belonged to Kyagulanyi’s NUP.

    After distancing himself from NUP party, Chameleon received a brand new Range Rover from President Museveni’s young brother Nuwagira Michael alias Toyota.

    “My friend Toyota, I am still your family. I have never left NRM, if you doubt that put up your cameras and record me,” Chameleon said.

    During 2021 election campaigns, Chameleon worked closely with NUP having hopes of receiving the party card for the position of Kampala Lord Mayor which he was later denied.

    “Chameleon’s jumping ship not only placed him in bad light as a person who loves riches but also spoke volumes about his self-worth,” Kyagulanyi said.

    “My brother Chameleon should know that when I talked to him and we introduced our beliefs to the people, we said these were not beliefs of Kyagulanyi but Ugandans,” he added.

    Kyagulanyi confirmed that Chameleon came out like others and professed that he was abandoning a dictator and joining the oppressed.

    “So if he wakes up one morning and decides to abandon the oppressed to re-join the dictator to get some money or a car, for me as a person I can’t decide for him, but we will be judged by our actions.”

    Kyagulanyi cautioned that he is not only looking at a person who is hungry for riches but also a person whose sense of self-worth and self dignity is questionable.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    A CHAMELONE INDEED: I’ve Never Left NRM – Chameleon Tell M7’s Brother…

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    Jose Chameleone with NUP principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu

    Democratic party mobilizer, singer and once a member of the National Unity Platform Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleon has denied ever leaving NRM.

    While at an event organised by President Museveni’s brother Nuwagira Michael alias Toyota, Chameleon said he has never left the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

    “My greatest witness can be Mr.Toyota, my friend, I am still your family. I have never left NRM. If you doubt that, put up your cameras and record me. I am still NRM,” Chameleon said.

    Chameleon added that he had his issues that made him ponder leaving, but he is now a prodigal son.

    Chameleon’s speech got Toyota emotional and decided to get him off stage, held his hand led him to where his car, a Range Rover 2021 model was parked.

    Reaching his vehicle, Toyota handed over his keys to Chameleon and gifted him the car.

    Singer Chameleon overwhelmingly got to his knees and was kneeling infront of Toyota as a way of appreciation.

    Toyota and his people held him and got him up having not found it necessary for him to kneel down.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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