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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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    Singer Maurice Kirya Reaping Big From His Coffee Bussiness…

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    Maurice Kirya founded the Sound Cup Coffee in 2013 with a mission to use good coffee and great service to bring people, arts, and cultures together

    Ugandan singer/songwriter and actor Maurice Kirya has not been actively releasing music of late. It seems however that Kirya, with over a decade-long wealth of experience in music has chosen to widely concentrate on other bussiness adventures.

    The singer, a coffee enthusiast himself founded the Sound Cup Coffee in 2013 with a mission to use good coffee and great service to bring people, arts, and cultures together.

    The bussiness is seemingly doing well as the Sound Cup Coffee is now not only available in Uganda, but to the world, based in The Netherlands & Uganda.

    “It has been an incredible journey, and I am very happy to have the world enjoying our coffee, It is wonderful to see how it impacts everyone all the way from the farmers to our happy coffee drinkers,” Kirya said.

    “I’d like to thank my team of coffee experts, roasters, specialists, Piz & Pots Agency, and all my friends and people that have walked this journey with me to bring this premium brand to life,” he added.

    As a teenager Maurice Kirya, grew up in a humble family that was passionate about music and food, and as a family, they cooked and catered to their community in the streets of Kampala, Uganda.

    It was during this time that Maurice fell in love with coffee, and vowed to not only dig deeper into it’s taste and science, but also to use coffee to impact the lives of his community, farmers, and those in the arts industry.

    Since 2013, The Sound Cup has used it’s platform to fundraise for various community outreaches, health awareness and research programmes, create employment for the youth, and support music and arts initiatives.

    By Baron Kironde

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    It Has Started In Tears For Kabako – He Broke Down And Cried On His Introduction…

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    Kabako was introduced by her longtime girlfriend Jazira Namuddu to her parents in Mpigi

    TNS singer Yusuf Ssenabulya, aka Roden Y Kabako has finally been introduced by his long-time girlfriend Jazira Namuddu to her parents in Mpigi.

    Kabako couldn’t literally believe his long awaited day had finally come, he got so emotional he broke down and cried helplessly. Unlike the now very common adage that goes “it will end in tears” directed at lovers, for Kabako, it started in tears-tears of joy for that case. It will perhaps make a good ending.

    Kabako was very overjoyed to have achieved his dream of legalizing his relationship with the love of his life.

    Kabako was so happy and appreciative of her girlfriend for having not disappointed him.

    “I’m too happy and overjoyed. Even my brother here knows how happy I am. And all my other relatives and close colleagues. I’m indeed so happy. We come from very far. We come from Butambala. My brother thank you. Am grateful and too happy,” Kabako said.

    For the past few days, Kabako has not been having enough sleep as most of time, his mind has been thinking and planning for his marital ceremony. He has been up and down distributing invitation cards himself.

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    Gen Katumba Wamala Excited To Meet His Senegalese “Brother” Akon For The First Time…

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    The Minister of Works and Transport, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala has expressed excitement upon meeting his long lost Senegalese “brother” from another mother Akon.

    Literally born two worlds apart, the two have a striking facial resemblance right from the skin color complexion, and even tone of their smile.

    Akon is in the country on a 4-day trip to explore bussiness opportunities, but over the weekend, he spared some time to meet up with Uganda’s former Inspector General of Police, Gen Katumba at Latitude O degrees in Makindye courtesy of Pablo Bashir, the Next Media chief of protocol.

    “Another toast to humanity. Finally met my ‘brother’ and a friend to Uganda Akon,” the Army General posted.

    It was the first time the two were meeting since both of them were born; two regions apart, one in Senegal-West Africa, and another in Uganda-East Africa.

    Gen Katumba’s resemblance with Akon is however logically only God’s manifestation that all humans were born in his image.

    Ugandan “Netizens” were nevertheless thrilled by the resemblance of the two and had started insinuating that they could possibly be brothers, others suggested that Gen Katumba who’s older of the two could turn out to be Akon’s real father. When they met, they had a chance to laugh off such claims and had some light moments together.

    The vastly differing backgrounds of the two give them no chance at all, or very slight if any to be related by blood.

    Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 16, 1973, to African parents. Akon’s mother, Kine Thiam, is a dancer,and his father, Mor Thiam, is a well-known jazz percussionist. His family returned to Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa, when Akon was young and lived there until he was 7 years old, when they moved back to the United States.

    Gen Katumba on the other hand is the last born of the nine children of the late Henry Wamala and Marjorie Wamala (rip) of Bweeza, Kalangala-Ssese Kalangala. He however only spent the early years as a child with his parents, Katumba quickly fell into the hands of a disciplinarian sister and fatherly brother who took him through school.

    By Baron Kironde

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