African-American singer Aliaune Damala Badara, better known as Akon has decided to open a University in Africa after revealing that he and the late Michael Jackson planned to do the project together.
According to Akon, he and Michael Jackson had big dreams of collaborating on a grand scale to bless students in Africa. He described the late Michael Jackson as a very caring person who had a passion for helping African children, but was unable to fulfill some of his wishes before his death.
“Mike was an amazing person, I wish people had the opportunity to understand and really experience the person the way I did,” Akon said during an interview with HipHopDX.
“We had about two good years together where we basically hung out four or five times a week, right? Real conversations and he would shock you, the kind of shit he likes, the kind of shit he would say,” Akon told the channel.
He shared that Michael Jackson always wanted to help African children succeed in their lives because he never experienced childhood, having risen to stardom at the age of eight.
“His main concern has always been to make sure the kids are in a comfortable position to be kids. Because he never had a childhood,” Akon said.
“He was a big star as a kid. He didn’t get a chance to go to carnival, go to the movies, eat candy, like the things kids naturally did as he got older, he surrounded himself with all those kid stuff he never got the chance to do,” he said.
Akon, who is on his way to building a $4 billion tech city called “Akon City” in his home country of Senegal, announced that he and Michael Jackson plan to start music schools for children to learn to play instruments, singing lessons in music, learn business, and entertainment, so they don’t come in without knowing how the business works.
He said he will fulfill the wishes he and Michael Jackson had by founding a university in the “Akon City” educational district and naming the school after him.
“Even in Akon City, in the Educational District, the first one is being built there and I name it after the Michael Jackson Foundation. So I’m going to call it MJ University,” he said.