Grammy-Nominated Artist Akon Releases Whitepaper for 'Akoin'

Michael LaVere
  • Rapper Akon has shared the whitepaper for his upcoming Akoin project, which is being designed for entrepreneurs in the rising economies of Africa.
  • The whitepaper emphasizes Akoin's network as a convenient method for exchange various African currencies, including mobile minutes. 

Grammy-nominated rapper and entrepreneur Akon has shared the whitepaper for his cryptocurrency project “Akoin.”

According to a report by CoinTelegraph, the news outlet was able to receive a copy of the whitepaper for Akoin ahead of its release. The document describes the project as a cryptocurrency “designed for entrepreneurs in the rising economies of Africa and beyond,” with a mission statement to “unlock the potential of the world’s largest growing workforce” using blockchain technology.

The whitepaper emphasizes Akoin’s utility to facilitate “atomic swaps” between existing cryptocurrencies, fiat and mobile phone credits, with the latter being a popular form of payment in certain parts of Africa. 

Akon said, 

We have so many currencies in Africa - a lot of them are unstable, and most of them are untrusted. It got to the point where the day-to-day African people don't even use the currencies anymore, they're using their cell phone minutes and credits as a way of trading for basic goods like produce, fish, fruits and things on the market.

Akon explained that Africans have difficulty trading cell phone credits outside their villages and local communities. He said Akoin’s network is focused on facilitating swaps and providing flexibility for alternative forms of money.

He continued, 

So we want to utilize that same mindset to take advantage of that mechanism outside of Africa - so even when they leave the continent, they can be able to utilize all of their credits and really be able to purchase real things.

Akoin will be launched on Stellar XLM’s network, with the whitepaper noting that private transactions made in Akoin’s ecosystem will incur a fee of 2.5%. 

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