by ethnic on August 17, 2008

Birth Name: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth: April 30, 1973

Ethnicity: Wolof Senegalese

Akon is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessperson, record producer, and actor. His father, Mor Thiam (born Mor Dogo Thiam), is a drummer, cultural historian, and entertainment consultant, who was born in Dakar, Senegal. He is of Wolof descent (the Wolof are an ethnic group in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania).

Akon’s unique style of music is a blend of West African vocals mixed with hip hop rhymes.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Adamina September 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm

I think anyone with Senegalese or Senegambian ancestry (whether little or not) can agree that we are really good looking. Akon is living proof

slowdive January 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm

I didn’t think he was ever African-American due to how dark he is but he doesn’t look Fulani to me. They’re usually a bit lighter.

GMurdiz October 21, 2014 at 9:04 am

“CORRECTION” he was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Tribe June 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

I’m his fourth wife lol

Viking March 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I am the same ethnicity as Akon! LOL it was all a joke I am actually not white

Diallo Jalloh October 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Akon is most handsome. Keep the Legend.

rebecca August 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

i’m fromm keyna

corneliuskrenki May 26, 2014 at 6:33 am

its kenya , get it right

Karl February 8, 2011 at 2:47 am

The guy is handsome.Whoever says he is ugly lacks the sense of judgment,even with two eyes? what a pitty!

mrs akon's wifey December 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I love you akon I’m here for u papy.

Samia_Kabullah_Bella November 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

He may not be have very an appealing appareance to everyone,but you can’t expect everyone to look attractive can you ?!
Also atleast he can sing unlike certain (no naming) singers popular today that rely on auto tune.
Plus i bet who ever called him ugly did not realise that his or her favourite actor/actress wears a lot of makeup.

TRIBE April 6, 2010 at 4:23 am

“Anonymous” – Wrote
May 12th, 2009

“i agree, he’s ugly, but not because he’s black.”


africa August 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

fuck you TRIBE
i bet he looks better then you and your fuckin mom

Tribe September 19, 2010 at 5:46 am

erm take a chill pill darling, if you had read my post PROPERLY, i was responding to someone who wrote

“i agree, he’s ugly, but not because he’s black.” – Anonymous

and i [Tribe] responded by saying “You are a complete TOSSER, D E L E T E THIS IGNORAMUS TWAT”


ethnic April 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

I agree, its a mystery.

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