Grammy-nominated singer Akon shows his support for Bitcoin

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The American singer and producer Akon has resurfaced on the internet after speaking out in favor of Bitcoin.

Speaking with Angela Yee and DJ Envy in a radio interview on the Breakfast Club, Akon expressed his views on what makes Bitcoin a better currency than the U.S. dollar.

Akon explained that fiat currencies have no intrinsic value, but people are forced to use them by their governments.

"Who says that the actual dollar is worth anything? Yes, the government, but nothing backs the dollar. The U.S. doesn't have natural resources that back the dollar. What they do have is the military," added Akon.

The renowned songwriter went on to emphasize that fiat currencies are extremely volatile because they are directly impacted by government policies.

"It boils down to trust. What you trust is the value it gives you Bitcoin, for example, is not a dollar. It's a digital coin. I can buy a Ferrari with Bitcoin. I can buy a house with Bitcoin. I can buy whatever I want to buy with Bitcoin because it is just as equally valued as the dollar because people say it is," stated Akon.

Akon's comments come as he steps forward towards launching his latest crypto-initiative, Akoin.

Under the motto "One Africa. One Coin," Akon is working on creating the Akoin Ecosystem, which aims to unlock the potential of the world's largest emerging economy with the creation of a trusted cryptocurrency, dubbed Akoin.

"We're trying to build a currency for the Africans and the whole continent," said Akon.

At the moment, Akon is set to launch his pilot project in Senegal with the collaboration of the nation's president Macky Sall.

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