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You can be a huge Marvel fanatic or maybe you’re not, but, in any case, we all have to admit the greatness of the most technologically-advanced country in their universe: Wakanda. In our humble little world, we’re still yearning for a place like that, full of flying ships, almost magical cures and super-laser-shields against enemies. We would love the trained rhinos too.

The king of this fictional country was the young T’Challa, also known as Black Panther. The first character’s appearance was in 1966, but we can say his popularity all around the world exploded in 2018 when Marvel’s Black Panther movie was released. This is now the 12th highest-grossing film of all time, and who brought to life this king was the amazing actor Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick Boseman v roku 2017 Gage Skidmore / Flickr

He didn’t start as a king, though. We saw the prince’s father died before his movie (in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), and by then dozvedeli sme sa the Wakandian thoughts about death: “In my culture death is not the end. It’s more of a stepping-off point. You reach out with both hands and Bast and Sekhmet (the gods), they lead you into the green veldt where you can run forever”.

Aj Chadwick teraz beží na slobode, pretože 28. augusta smutne zomrel vo svojom dome na následky komplikácií spojených s rakovinou hrubého čreva. We didn’t know about this diagnosis až do konca, despite it had been there since 2016, it had been there while he was fighting as Black Panther and other characters. Chadwick, as much as T’Challa, was a true warrior himself.

Nevertheless, amid the deep sadness his death caused to millions of fans all around the world, there’s still good news: Wakanda, the dreamed country ruled by T’Challa, could become a reality in a couple of years. And this one includes cryptocurrencies.

Mesto Akon

Pred dvoma rokmi senegalsko-americký spevák, podnikateľ a filantrop Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (známejší ako Akon) oznámil the creation of “Akon City”, a futuristic oasis in sub-Saharan Africa. Pretty much like Wakanda and described, indeed, as a “real-life Wakanda”.

3D modelovanie mesta Akon. Zdroj: Oficiálna webová stránka

Na konci tohto augusta Akon práve odhalené new advances and plans for this dreamed city. In the first place, we can say it’ll be located in Senegal, around 50 kilometers from the capital of Dakar, in “the grassy fields in Mbodienne”.

Bude sa nachádzať sedem okresov s mnohými budovami podobnými vode a rôznymi službami: African Culture Village, Offices and Residential, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Education, Technology, and “Senewood”.

Dedina africkej kultúry bude počítať s obchodným centrom, letoviskom, kúpeľmi, reštauráciami, hotelmi, nočnými klubmi, chatami a otvoreným trhom s dvoma príbehmi. Kancelárie a rezidenčná štvrť budú mať šesť obytných budov s 30 poschodiami, dve kancelárske budovy s 36 poschodiami a 4 inteligentné parkovacie budovy s 15 poschodiami. Zábavná štvrť bude pozostávať z 30-poschodovej budovy pre kasíno a letovisko, päťpodlažnej budovy s obchodmi, kín a módnej zóny, ďalších 30-podlažných budov pre letoviská a kúpele a osemposchodového multifunkčného štadióna pre športové aktivity.

Medzitým sa plánuje, že v štvrti Zdravie a bezpečnosť budú nemocnice, ambulantné centrá, polícia a hasiči. Vzdelávacia štvrť bude kampusom troch veľkých budov, v ktorých sa môžu ubytovať študenti MIT, Berkeley, Harvard a Stanford, a tiež súkromné veže fakúlt, učebne, knižnice, kancelárie, posluchárne a počítačové miestnosti.

Pokiaľ ide o jeho časť, the Technology district will be included “to facilitate the production and commercialization of advanced technologies” (Páči sa mi to náš blockchain, predpokladáme). Na dosiahnutie tohto cieľa bude poskytovať vedecko-výskumné ústavy a laboratóriá, podpornú obchodnú infraštruktúru, informačné a telekomunikačné služby, finančné poradenstvo a právnu pomoc; všetko vo svojich štyroch veľkých budovách.

Budúca technologická štvrť. Zdroj: oficiálna webová stránka

Finally, the Senewood district is meant to be “the largest full-service production studios in Africa” within the high Akon Tower of 68 stories, the Media Tower of 31 stories, and its four filming studios.

Tento gigantický projekt, Akon City, bude mať náklady vo výške $6 miliárd, pričom jednej tretiny už dosiahli súkromní investori. Strojárska a konzultačná firma KE International bude zodpovedný to build this community, as already did with the Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC), a sustainable metropolis in Kenya that has to do something with the Akon’s project too, as we’re about to discover.

Akoin

Akoin logo. Zdroj: oficiálna webová stránka

The fuel designed to feed this smart city isn’t the West African CFA franc (XOF) of Senegal, but its own new cryptocurrency: Akoin Token. This one is a Stellar-based token that will be exchanged in Stellar DEX, other traditional crypto-exchanges, integrated atomic swaps, and through what its creators call a “Trusted Agent Network” conformed by authorized agents or “human ATMs”. These people would offer a practical way to cash out (and cash in) the tokens.

Akoin bude centrálnou menou všetkých týchto spoločností v Akon City, ale nielen to. It’s also the main medium of exchange for its own Dapp marketplace, it’s planning to expand for the local merchant’s POS, to be “a common medium of transfer between Africa’s 54 countries” and it’ll also be jediná mena pre vyššie uvedený MMTC v hodnote 2 miliárd dolárov.

According to its White Paper, it’ll be launched in an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) at some point in 2020 or maybe dokonca 2021 because of the pandemic. The exchange that will conduct the IEO it’s not yet defined, but only 10% of the total supply will be sold there. The rest will be distributed in some way to users on the ground in Africa.

Neskôr bude tento token a jeho ekosystém poháňaný a podporovaný Nadáciou Akoin, ktorá má tiež na starosti investovanie do nových Dapps týkajúcich sa sektorov, ako sú remitencie, mikropôžičky, WiFi, solárna energia, vzdelávanie, charita a zdravotné služby, všetko v regióne veľmi potrebné.

Kedy bude mesto Akon a jeho token pripravené?

Perhaps you’re already thinking of paying a visit to this amazing city and use akoins, but there’s still a ways to go. The IEO hasn’t been announced to date, and, according to Akon, the construction barely begins in 2021 and just the first phase of the project could take at least three years. Celé mesto by bolo hotové do roku 2029 alebo neskôr, fungujúce na mene Akoin.

Výhľad na mediálnu vežu. Zdrojová oficiálna webová stránka

It’s not an easy, fast, or cheap project, but Akon believes it worth it. He hopes the Akon City become a much-needed source of employment in Senegal, and serve as “home back home” for Black Americans and others facing racial injustices around the continent and the world. The star also commented:

“The system back home treats them unfairly in so many different ways that you can never imagine. And they only go through it because they feel that there is no other way (…) So if you’re coming from America or Europe or elsewhere in the diaspora and you feel that you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop”.

Keď pôjdeme ešte viac do budúcnosti, Akon tiež uvažuje o vývoze tejto myšlienky do ďalších krajín kontinentu. Ďalším krokom by bol celý svet, kto vie?

At the end of Black Panther (2018), we saw like T’Challa decided to open Wakanda and its technology to the entire world and help others with social and racial inequities. We bet he and Chadwick Boseman himself would like to visit this city, honored as our own “Wakanda” to fight the inequality.


Najlepší obrázok na webovej stránke Akon City

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Odborník na literatúru v kryptosvete od roku 2016. Spisovateľ, výskumník a bitcoiner. Pracovať pre lepší svet s väčšou decentralizáciou a kávou.

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