by Ashley from Colorado

Look to this day, for it is life. ~Sufi Proverb

“Akon” was originally born as Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam. He was born on October 14, 1981 in St. Louis, Missouri. He originally came from Senegal, Africa.

He grew up in Senegal, Africa until the age of seven. He split time between Senegal and the United States until he was fifteen, then his family permanently moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. He learned three different languages such as English. French, and Wolof. He attended Snyder Middle School in Jersey City, where he discovered Hip-hop. His first song was titled “Operations of Nature” which he recorded at the age of fifteen. Unfortunately, he was jailed for armed robbery and drug distribution charges whereas he spent his time in prison to work on his music. Upon his release he began to record songs in his own home studio.

Akon is known for his original Hip-hop and R&B music. He is a singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He has been active since 1998. He rose to fame in 2004 with his single “Locked Up.” He is signed to four different record labels, Universal, SRC, Konvict, and Upfront records. Akon’s first solo debut, “Trouble” was released on June 29th, 2004. It included his hit singles “Locked Up” and “Loneley.” His song “Lonely” reached the top 5 on the “Billboard Top 100” and topped the charts in Australia, UK, and Germany.


Akon is My hero because no matter where he was on the mountain he always had his head up and never looked down. Even when he was jailed he sang and that got him to fame. Akon Has worked with many different celebrities and has influenced many teens and adults today. He is an inspiration and role model and a person with a big heart. He has done many benefit concerts to help poor families in Africa. He was a rising star then and he still is now.

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Last edited 5/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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