Opinion: Akon doesn’t know who he is dealing with…

The first time I heard about Akon was when I heard the single he had with Styles P “Locked Up”. A lot has happened since then and now suddenly making deals with a dictator and doing business at any cost. Clearly, moral values doesn’t add up to possible profit. The entrepreneur and music mogul wants to earns currency and doesn’t care how. That is why his suddenly seeking the graces of the old man with the hat.

Aliane Damala Badara Thiam aka Akon and wife Rozina Negusei. He and his wife is now a business trip to Uganda. Where they are in the presence of the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni. They even got an army chopper to fly them to Rwakitura, the President’s farm.

Akon knows how to play many cards and take advantage of opportunities around him. Just like he was able to profit on the lacking trust or ability to promote Lady Gaga. He has been able to sell other businesses too.

He has sold music and been a music mogul with Konvict Music. Also sold clothing apparel, which is common for musicians doing it big. Akon also bought a diamond mine in South Africa back-in-the-day too.

In Senegal the serial entrepreneur is planning to build Akon City. Akon has also the Akon Lighting Africa and Akon Lighting America. That is his solar electricity enterprise, which have been working since 2014.

So, he has already done a lot of business moves. That is not shocking at all. The latest before he was trying the waters of Uganda. He made a deal for a venture into mining in the Haut-Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That was only made official this February 2021. Akon is moving forward and trying to make himself a big man in many fields.

Now his sweet talking the old man and being honourable at his ranch. That is just typical when celebrities and wealthy foreign patrons arrives in the Republic. Last time it was like this… Kanye West and Kim Kardashian showed up with their sneakers and the state promised more tourism as a result. A result that never delivered and proven.

We don’t know what sort of deal Akon is seeking. Neither does we know what his Wife wants either. Even if she is such a grand supporter of Museveni and wants his reign to continue. That is showing how little they know of the plight of the citizens and the despotic ruler he is. They are just hearing and seeing the perspectives the state is serving them. Akon is only seeing the good side and doesn’t even get close to touch the dark-side.

Akon should prepare to offer “Presidential Handshakes” or fancy “kickbacks”. The musician should even look into how Patrick Ho dealt with Ugandan counterparts. Heck, the Konvict Music label head should emulate Sudhir Ruparelia, if he wants to earn any good fortunes in the Republic. Because, getting through honest means and with his investments will not go far.

Museveni must know that catering to Akon is a risk for him too. Akon has deals in Senegal and in other parts of Africa. However, Akon is estimated wealth of US$80 millions, which isn’t bad by any stretch. However, Akon isn’t a Dangote, but surely he can chase some ends there as well.

Akon must clearly be on a fishing expedition. If he thinks this is wise and viable. He doesn’t care about the human rights violations, the lack of freedom or liberty of peers. Akon couldn’t have performed or been vocal like he is, if he was an musician in Uganda. However, since his an American investor. The red carpet treatment is there for him and he get the positive brigade served to him. He gets the words of wisdom and gets options to invest. Akon will be served a favourable pitch and opportunities. The President will enjoy that and pocket some goodwill from abroad. A man like the President always needs that.

Akon is maybe offered a business deal, but his also a nice PR Stunt. The President can bash in the greatness of an American musician. Just like he could with Kanye West. He just get a moment of glory with a foreigner. Kanye didn’t deliver anything, but Akon has a history of doing so.

He has been selling music, clothing, diamonds, solar electricity, building a city in his name and now the newest is another mining enterprise in the DRC. Now he visits the neighbours to the east and pops by the President there.

Akon wants to dwell into it all. Nevertheless… maybe this is the deal or the offer he should refuse. Unless, he wants to be known as the guy that does deals with dictators. That is his decision and conscience to live with. If profits matters more than ethics. If coins matters more than morals. That is all up to him.

We can just wonder, if he is being tricked or if he is tricking the President. Akon could do that and just be testing the waters. There is nothing fruitful or insightful to the possible enterprises shown to the grander public. There is no direct-investment or project of Akon. Only that his visiting the Presidential farm. That is really not saying much.

Akon… your a fool for this one. This is a bad move. Unless, this is your new crowd and what you aspire to be known for. Peace.

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