Akon Explores Business Opportunities in Uganda

American R&B singer Akon is in search of investment opportunities that would extend his business footprint in Africa, where his efforts include a planned futuristic city.

Akon’s arrival in the East African country was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will meet with President Yoweri Museveni to discuss “different investment opportunities in various sectors, including energy, tourism, and infrastructure development,” according to the state-controlled New Vision newspaper.

Akon and his wife, Rozina Negusei, went to a mosque in the capital, Kampala, earlier today.

A Grammy-nominated singer and record producer, Akon has made headlines in recent years as a pan-African businessman interested in opportunities on the continent of 1.3 billion people.

In December a company associated with Akon reached a deal with a state miner to develop a copper and cobalt mine in resource-rich Congo.

Akon, 47, rose to fame with a debut album in 2004. His hit songs include “Smack That,” featuring rapper Eminem.