48-year-old Senegalese-American Singer, Akon, has pronounced that he was much happier when he was poor because life is tougher for the rich than the poor.
The singer who spoke during an interview with TMZ on Monday, 4th October 2021, spoke while defending a statement he made when the news broke of Actor, Michael K. Williams’ death, said his death is proof that the more money someone makes, the more problems they accumulate.
He said: “Nobody can sit there and tell me, that I didn’t go through poverty. I was the young African kid, barefoot and playing soccer in the village with no electricity, no running water, I knew what that looked like – believe me, I know what poverty looks like. But I also know what success looks like; and from my personal experience, I’m having more problems successfully dealing with all that comes with success than I had when I was poor. I was actually happier when I was poor,”.
Akon, whose birth name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam was born on the 16th April 1973. He is an international singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur from New Jersey.
He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up“, the first single from his debut album Trouble in 2004.
The Singer-songwriter has recorded major successes in his career. He started a clothing line ‘Konvict Clothing’ in 2007 and did a collaboration on the song ‘Hold My Hands‘ with Michael Jackson in 2008. His famous songs ‘Locked up‘ and ‘Smack That‘ broke records and helped push his Net worth and popularity.
Story: Sani Asmau