By Ambrose Kweronda
Senegalese-American singer, Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam alias Akon together with his wife, Rozina Negusei yesterday on Easter day visited places of Rwenshama River, Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Park which make Uganda the pearl of Africa.
The Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park is known to harbor tree-climbing lions the sight is more regular in Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth.
Tree climbing lions are a rare species of animals and the animals in Ishasha bring in a number of tourists specifically to marvel at them.
According to National Geographic, these lions have a habit of climbing and hanging out in the spreading branches of candelabra trees.
According to Isaac Kigozi, the Trade and Investment Officer in the Office of the President, Akon has been designated as Uganda’s special envoy on tourism and culture and has been asked to organize the Uganda Cultural Festival which will be an annual event to celebrate Africa by the African-American communities around the world.
“Akon has also been tasked with setting up high-class luxurious lodges or accommodations within the tourism development areas of Uganda. He will also partner with Aya Group of Companies to set up Aya-Akon Tower, a 72 storeyed building within the Central Business District of Kampala,” Kigozi said in a statement.
Akon who is on a four-day visit to Uganda on Friday visited the president and the First Lady, Janet Museveni at their country home in Rwakitura before embarking on visiting various parts of the country, starting with Queen Elizabeth National Park.
During the meeting, on Friday, President Museveni applauded the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Amb. Abbey Walusimbi for inviting Akon to Uganda and implored his office to encourage more historical African Diasporas to return and take up investments in different sectors.
Akon’s visit is expected to not only benefit Uganda in form of his direct investments but also encourage more investments in various sectors including tourism.
His visit will also encourage many other visitors to come to Uganda in form of tourists and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the world’s top bucket list travel activities.