Nigerians are the smartest people in the world, according to Akon, who said this during an interview that has ignited online controversy.
Akon said on the Drink Champs podcast, co-hosted by N.O.R.E and DJ EFN, that Nigeria produces more billionaires than any other country in the world.
Akon, on the other hand, conceded that there are a few “bad apples” ruining the country’s reputation.
He said, “This could be debatable, but the Nigerians are the smartest people on the planet. I promise you, there is nobody more smarter than a Nigerian. Of course, there is a few bad apples that came out. They [the bad apples] are extremely smart. But they put their intelligence all in wrong place.
“If they were to gear that towards something more positive or productive… Because the ones that did, there’s more billionaires being made in Nigeria than anywhere in the world.”
Akon, famed for songs such as ‘Locked Up,’ ‘Lonely,’ and ‘Oh Africa,’ earlier declared ambitions to develop a futuristic “100% crypto-based city” on 2,000 acres of land.
He is one of many internationally recognized musicians who appear to be rediscovering their African roots.