President Museveni has met Senegalese-American musician Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, popularly known as Akon and his wife Ms. Rozina Negusei at his country home in Rwakitura.
Museveni said Akon and his wife come to Uganda in search of business opportunities in a number of sectors like energy, tourism, and infrastructure development.
“I am happy to engage in such a discussion that will uplift our people and Africa at large,” he said.
Museveni and first lady Mama Janet Museveni told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, “considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude”.
“This is unique! There are only about two other places gifted that much.”
Earlier, the Trade and Investment Officer Office of the President, Isaac Kigozi, said Akon’s coming into the country is a response to the call made by President Museveni to all historical African diasporas to return to their mother continent to take up settlement as well as investment.
“We appreciate the President who has a created a secure and conducive environment that attracts big investors like Akon to not only come but also invest their hard earned money. The security, peace, infrastructure maintained by the NRM government are instrumental in attracting such investors,” Kigozi said.
Prince Atlas Igumira also had a chat with Akon about a potential partnership between Igumira Enterprises, East African Partners and Entreeg Investment Group on how they can create job employment for Ugandan youth through Agriculture, Mining and Entertainment sectors.