Entrepreneur and Grammy award-winning music star, Akon, has said he would consider running for president of the United States.The 45-year-old made the surprise announcement at the annual One Young World summit in the Hague on Friday, causing actress Rosario Dawson and others to rise to their feet with applause. Speaking to the audience, he said: “I know it may sound crazy but you guys just motivated me to run for the President of the United States.” The popular musician was one of the panellists at the summit’s plenary session on poverty alleviation and economic development.He said to his fellow panellist and Luke Cage star: “Like, I’m dead serious. Just remember when that day comes and I’m elected, I will let everyone know that it all started right here at One Young World. So start pre-campaigning for me now,” he added. Akon, born Aliaume Thiam, is a multi-platinum selling artist who in 2014 founded the Lighting Africa Foundation with a mission of powering the homes of some 250 million across the continent. In June 2018, he was gifted 2,000 acres of land from the Senegalese president and since then he has been in the process of building a futuristic city with an economy based around his new cryptocurrency, AKoin.Photo Credit: Getty
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