Biography: Akon

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Heyya all! The guy I am going to tell you about has it all- money, fame..and girls(technically speaking, wives),and truly any teen would want to be just like him. Without a doubt, the character I am talking about is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, often going by the shorter Aliaune Thiam, or as we all know him, Akon.

The son of the jazz percussionist, Mor Thiam, Akon was born on October 14, 1981, in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Senegal and America till the age of seven, and then finally settled in New Jersey, where he first came across the world of hip-hop. His very first song, “Operations of Nature”, was recorded ad the age of 15. Shortly afterwards, he got accused of armed robbery and drug distribution, and was jailed. Nonetheless, he utilized this period of three years to his benefit and concentrated on his music. After getting out of prison, his songs got recorded in a home studio, and “Trouble” made its way to SRC/Universal. The song “Locked Up” from the album was a sheer success, and was a Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 Hit. After working his way to a number of hits such as “Soul Survivor”, his guest appearance got doubled and two songs-“I Wanna Love You” and “Smack That” from his second album Konvicted(Nov ’06) made it on the top positions of the Billboard chart. His third album, Freedom, was another hit, without a doubt.

A fact that might be unknown to many is Akon is a Muslim, and says that his belief has never allowed him to take alcohol or smoke. Nevertheless, he is a strong follower, that I can say- he follows a polygamist lifestyle, with three wives. Even though he leads a luxurious lifestyle, moving around in style in a Lamborghini Gallardo (does anyone remember: “wanna jump up in my Lamborghini Gallardo?” Now I know why he said that!), but he does have a soft corner in him. He runs a charity for underprivileged children in Africa called United for Africa.

Oh, did I mention…he also owns a diamond mine in South Africa?

So, you see, the guy has everything! Indeed, “money no problem, pocket full o’ that now!”

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