The American based musical star Akon has promised to help re-brand Sierra Leone internationally through music to attract potential investors and visitors who will contribute towards the socio-economic development of the country.
He made this statement at a press conference held at the Country Lodge Hotel located at Hill Station in Freetown. Akon arrived in the country to join Sierra Leoneans in celebrating the 49th independence anniversary.
Akon said “Sierra Leone is an amazing place to be, we don’t mind crossing the river” additionally Sierra Leone is like a home to me I have a lot of ties in Africa and I feel honored like a King.
“I will work hard to promote Sierra Leone internationally with my music and will collaborate with one of my favorite local artist to do a song” he promised. On the question about his relationship with Gibril Wilson in the United States of America he said they are both successful Africans in music and sports and spoke about their efforts in helping to promote development in Africa. He expressed thanks and appreciation to President Koroma and others for making it possible for his trip and assured all that he will continue to work with Gibril Wilson to lure investors in to the country.
He also promised to organize concerts to raise awareness on the huge potential of minerals and tourist attraction sites and the peacefulness of Sierra Leone, but however called on the people of Sierra Leone to work towards development.
Akon also said that people are using his name for show’s that he is not aware of, he strictly warned show promoters to discuss with him earlier before making any arrangements for shows. Representatives from Zain Sierra Leone, GT Bank, AWOL and Country Lodge Hotel were present at the press conference. By Saidu Bah