Biography and Net Worth of Akon: Family, Albums, Awards & Facts

Biography and Net Worth of Akon: Family, Albums, Awards & Facts

In this article, you will read about the life history and biography of Akon, a Senegalese-American famous singer and actor.

Akon as fondly called by fans bears Alianne Damala Badara Akon Thiam officially. He’s an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and businessman. The Senegalese American singer who enjoys keeping his private life from the prying eyes of the public has 6 children from 3 women.

Continue reading the biography of Akon to learn more about his personality, family, and other areas of life.

Family Background and Education

Alianne Damala Badara Akon Thiam whom everyone knows as Akon was born in a Muslim family on April 16th, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States. He was born by two couples; Mor Thiam(father) who is a percussionist and Kine Gueye Thiam(mother) who is a dancer.

His father is from Dogon ethnic tribe in Mali. He spent a lot of his childhood in Senegal which he addressed as his hometown till date. He started playing over 5 instruments at a young age from childhood including djembe, guitar, and others. At the age of 5 years old, his family moved to the United States in Union City, New Jersey. At this period, he continues to move to and fro between his hometown in Senegal and Union City.

He later settled down with his brother in Newark, New Jersey where he attended Willliam L. Dickinson High School while their parents moved to Atlanta in Georgia.


Akon met with the president of the Upfront Megatainment, mogul Devyne Stephen at a rehearsal hall with Lil Zaine whom he followed. And this is where Usher and the TLC member are also practicing and developing themselves.

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The two, Akon with Devyne Stephen became cordial with each other as Akon visit him for advice on every vacation. With the mentorship of Stephen, Akon was able to record a song that attracts Universal’s Imprint SRC records.

Steve Rifkind, the SRC record CEO and foster had traveled to meet him in Georgia after being captivated by his talent and song. It was easy for them to convince him as Akon knew foster as the producer of Nobody.

Akon released his first album titled Trouble on June 29th, 2004 with singles including “Locked Up”, “Lonely”, “Belly Dancer”, “Ghetto” and “pot of Gold”. The single titled ” Locked Up” ranked at No. 8 and 5 on the UK and US Billboard respectively. The single titled “Ghetto” was a radio hit after it was remixed with the verses of other two rappers(2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G) by DJ Green Lantern.

It was due to the success of his first album that he was able to attract collaboration with another singer. He featured in P’money “Keep on Callin” in the album titled “Magic City”. In the same year, he was able to feature with a Newzealand rapper Savage, on her moonshine single.

In 2006, Akon started his record label which he titled Live Distribution Interscope record. It was this record that he used to release his second album titled Konvicted that same year.

The album consists of 3 singles including “Smack that” with Eminem, “I Wanna Love You” with Snoop Dogg, and Styles P.

Konvicted was commercially successful as it ranks number 2 on the Billboard 200 on November 20th. The copies have sold over 3 million as of 2007. Since then he has released a series of other albums including Freedom, konnection, and so on. He has also featured and collaborated with many artists including Dr. Dre, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga and so on. Co-writing songs with others were also part of his career. He Co-wrote the “Forgive me” single in Leona Lewis’s album, Whitney Houston’s 2009 come-back album(Pit Bull Shut it down) and so many others.

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He has also run and featured in many live concert shows including American Leg of Live Earth, Victoria Fashion Show, and so on.

Akon is also one of the few singers that sang in more than one language. He has sung both in Spanish and Hindi releasing some other albums. His first album in which he uses the Spanish language to sing was titled “Cometale” featuring “OZuna”, a reggaeton singer. Akon also nicknamed himself El Negreeto in pursuit of other similar albums.

He also released others including 2019 “Get Money” featuring Annuel AA., “Como No” featuring singer Becky and others.

Apart from being a singer, songwriter, and music producer, Akon is also an actor. He featured in the film making industry by acting in Black November, a Nigerian American film in 2017. Since then he has acts many roles in different movies such as American Heist. Talk about TV shows, he has appeared as a guest on Big Brother house on November 30, 2007, during the second edition, WWE Raw, and so on. Akon was also listed as the number-one selling artist for master ringtones in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records.


Without mentioning the albums released, the biography of Akon won’t be completed. Check out below to see the full list of his albums;

  • Trouble released in 2004
  • Konvicted released in 2006
  • Freedom in 2008
  • El Negreeto in 2019
  • Akonda in 2019
  • Konnect in 2020
  • The Konnection to be released in 2021

Movies and Tours

Being an actor, Akon has featured in few movies including;

  • Black November which was released in 2012
  • American Heist released in 2014
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping released in 2016

Akon has participated and organized different tours during his musical career. Some of them include;

  • 2006 Dar Es Salaam One-off Concert in Tanzania
  • The 2007-2008 Konvicted Tour
  • 2007 Sweet Escape Tour with Gwen Stefani from April to July
  • 2008 Good Girl Gone Bad Tour with Rihanna in Canada from September to December
  • 2009 Konvict Muzik Tour with T-Pain in Australia in October
  • 2010 Summer Tour in Brazil from January to February
  • 2011 OMG Tour with Usher in North America from April to June

Personal and Family Relationship

Akon ensures that he keeps his life personal from the public eyes. No full details about his family are known but in an interview, he made mention of having 6 children from 3 women.

He also made mention of being a fan of the premier league club in the ITV2 show. Also known for considering to run for the 2020 U.S presidential election also.

Awards and Recognition

During Akon’s musical Career, he has won 36 different awards after being nominated 95 times. Below are Some of the awards won by him with the category.

Akon Awards

In 2016;

Echo Award for the single Lonely as the National/International Hit of the Year.

Echo Award as the International Hip-Hop/R&B Artist

In 2007;

American Music Award as the Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist

Billboard Music Award as the Artist of the Year

Ozone Award as the best video for the song “We Takin’ Over”

Ozone Award as the Best R&B for Konvicted.

World Music Award as the World’s Best Selling African Artist

Teen Choice Awards as the Male Breakout Artist

In 2008;

World Music Award as the World’s Best Selling African Artist

BET Hip Hop Award as the Producer of the year

In 2009;

Juno Award as the Dangerous Single of the Year

ASCAP Awards as the Most Performed Songs for both What You Got and Dangerous

NRJ Music Awards as the International Male Artist of the year

Ozone award as the Artist of the Year for both USA & UK

In 2010;

Billboard Music Award as the Artist of the Year

World Music Awards as the World’s Best Selling African Artist

In 2012, Channel O Music Video award for Chop My Money as the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video.


Akon said he was in prison for four years from 1999 to 2002 as part of an auto theft ring. He was challenged by a media website, The Smoking Gun stating the court records and other factors proved otherwise. He later replied to the media saying he wasn’t in prison for that full year but had short sentences which add up to it.

In April 2007, he received a lot of backlash and criticism from the public for trying a simulated sex act on stage with 15 years old Danah Alleyne, a pastor’s daughter in a night club. This was posted on his Youtube page and they had to remove it due to the backlash. Many media covered it including channel CCN TV6, local radios, and televisions.

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Net Worth

According to the Forbes magazine report, Akon’s earnings in 2010 is $21 million, and in 2011 is $13 million. Even though his current net worth is unknown, Akon is one of the most successful singers in the world.


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