Akon appeared on the Drink Champs podcast with Noreaga and DJ EFN to speak about his profession trajectory and why Black individuals ought to begin firms in Africa.
The Senegalese entertainer rose to prominence in 2004 along with his chart-topping single, “Locked Up.” He then had a profitable music profession, which included signing pop star Girl Gaga earlier than beginning Akon Lighting Africa, a challenge aimed toward offering solar-powered electrical energy to the continent, in 2014.
In the course of the interview, Noreaga requested Akon why Black individuals ought to make investments in Africa. He responded, “We generally tend in charge the White man for all the things that’s gone fallacious. That’s how a majority of the African-Individuals in America really feel, however that doesn’t essentially imply it’s true . . . with the circumstances round us that’s why we imagine that.”
Akon defined how Black individuals have constructed up America culturally however nonetheless personal subsequent to nothing. “That is the chance now to personal that in which we’re complaining about. In Africa, it’s a clear slate. You’ll be able to construct that empire there, and you possibly can construct that infrastructure there. [Black people] have already got the data and are educated on it as a result of we’ve performed it right here and made billions for companies.”
The opposite distinction he famous was how rapidly Blacks might revenue from their funding in the motherland. “Africa’s the one place in the world the place Black individuals can go and construct Fortune 500 firms from scratch inside 5 years.”
Take heed to what Akon has to say concerning the continent on the 1:25:00 mark.