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.
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 我们得知 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”.
查德威克现在也自由奔跑，因为他由于8月28日与结肠癌相关的并发症而不幸死于家中。 We didn’t know about this diagnosis 直到结束, 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.
两年前，塞内加尔裔美国歌手，企业家和慈善家Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam（更名为Akon） 宣布 the creation of “Akon City”, a futuristic oasis in sub-Saharan Africa. Pretty much like Wakanda and described, indeed, as a “real-life Wakanda”.
在今年八月底，阿孔 刚刚透露 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”.
将有七个区，其中有许多类似水的设计建筑和不同的服务： African Culture Village, Offices and Residential, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Education, Technology, and “Senewood”.
就其本身而言， the Technology district will be included “to facilitate the production and commercialization of advanced technologies” （喜欢 我们的区块链，我们认为）。为实现这一目标，将提供科学研究所和实验室，支持性的业务基础设施，信息和电信服务，财务咨询和法律援助；四个大建筑物中的所有东西。
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.
这个巨大的项目，即阿康市，将耗资$60亿，其中三分之一已经由私人投资者获得。工程咨询公司KE International 将负责 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.
The fuel designed to feed this smart city isn’t the West African CFA franc (XOF) of Senegal, but its own new cryptocurrency: Akoin代币. 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将成为阿康市所有这些企业的中心货币，但不仅限于此。 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 唯一货币 价值20亿美元的上述MMTC。
According to its White Paper, it’ll be launched in an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) at some point in 2020 or maybe 即使是2021年 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.
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. 以Akoin货币为基础，整个城市将在2029年或更晚时建成。
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”.
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.