by ethnic on August 17, 2008

Birth Name: Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 16, 1973

Ethnicity: Wolof Senegalese

Akon is an American singer, songwriter, businessperson, record producer, and actor.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. 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 spent time in Senegal during his childhood, as well as New Jersey.

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

Akon is a Muslim.

He has six children.

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{ 35 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.

LiL V4CH4 April 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

His birthdate is verrryyy confusing to me. LOL! =]

Mia February 22, 2010 at 7:25 am


There is a difference between Judaism (Religion) and Jewish (Ethnicity).

Alot of members of the Judaic religion are descended from Judeans. An ethnicity.

wtf January 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

why do you always put “jewish” when the person is jewish but not “muslim” when the person is muslim or even catholic, etc. What you end up doing is linking all the jews together in the “same ethnicity” list when Judaism is a religion. you should realy keep it consistent.

miss akon January 3, 2010 at 6:58 am

im sunni muslim also. makes me love you more akon!!

ethnic December 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

i dont anyone is saying he is ugly because he is black. Well at least I sincerely hope not.

BOL GATKUOTH December 10, 2009 at 4:52 am


suge miss africa November 11, 2009 at 5:55 am

R u fuckin serious, Why would it matter if he fuckin got here yesterday. This is America a big old meltin pot every one got here at some point some stolen others by chose. Big ups 2 Akon ture black man n his a sunni muslim Masha-allah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

audrey November 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I read that he was born in Senegal and came to America when he was 7 years old.

raju pasa October 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm

akon is handsome guy…

some guy October 5, 2009 at 8:06 am

I don’t know who’s more black in color him or flavor flav.

ethnic September 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I think a lot of people think he is American.

alexia September 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm

aahahahahhahaha akon is from senegal weird

ethnic September 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

ugly or not he definitely gets the ladies.

ano September 8, 2009 at 3:32 am

all of you are just haters, he has done better for himself and i think he is very handsome

Anonymous May 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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

Anonymous March 22, 2009 at 1:41 am

He is a bit ugly but rich LOL

Bri January 29, 2009 at 7:50 am

He is Not Ugly! ur ugly for saying that shyt.

ethnic January 11, 2009 at 3:14 am

thanks for the heads up.

crazyyy January 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Wolof-Senegalese… See it on wikipedia it has references.

~AMEYO~ January 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

damn he iis u.g.l.y

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