Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam having stage name Akon and a father Mor Thiam is an international renowned Star whose father has revealed that most people think they are natives of US or Senegal, they are not either in reality. They are the natives of Mali in West Africa.
According to the father, Akon was born on April 16, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, to a
Muslim family in USA. And his father Mor Thiam, is part Dogon, an ethnic group of Mali.
Though he spent a significant part of his childhood in Senegal, which he described as his “Home Country”, Mali is his real Home Country because that is where he comes from.
A child of a dancer mother— Kine Gueye Thiam (née Gueye) and a percussionist father, Mor Thiam, Akon learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe.
At age seven, he moved with his family to Union City, New Jersey and this was a splitting time between the United States, Senegal and Mali until settling at Newark in New Jersey.
Growing up in New Jersey, Akon had difficulties getting along with other children. When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta, Georgia.
Akon attended William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City and Clark Atlanta University and later started his music career.
Akon, who is believed to be Senegalese-American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor from New Jersey rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of
“Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble in 2004, followed by the second single “Lonely.”
Akon has done many hit songs and extended much hands to the vulnerable and the needy through his organization, Akon Lighting Africa and his philanthropic cause.
Akon, is believed to have three countries as his home but he has started doing much great things in Senegal and may be would extend to Mali in the near future as his father has declared as their main home country.
By Alex Konlan/GhanaNewsPrime.Com