Akon Explains Why Having Multiple Wives Makes Life Better

Akon has explained why he believes having multiple wives makes 'life better' in a recent interview.
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Akon has explained why having multiple wives makes life better than having just one.

The ‘Smack That’ rapper and producer, 49, has a load of cars, awards and platinum records to his name.

But it would appear that the R&B legend – whose full name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam – is taking the same approach when it comes to the women in his life.

In a revealing interview with American radio host Big Boy posted to the YouTube channel BigBoyTV, Akon said having more than one wife is actually ‘easier’ for him.

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Asked about how many wives he really has, the ‘Lonely’ singer joked he likes to ‘leave it to speculation’. 

“I like that people guess,” he laughed.

When Big Boy rehashed the question, the ‘Don’t Matter’ star confirmed he ‘without a doubt’ has more wives than the host, who has one.

He explained: “See, your life is difficult because you have to focus on one thing all the time. 

“It’s difficult. It’s a lot more.

“Put it this way, I would hate to put an analogy this way because I don’t want it to be taken differently.

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“Let’s say, hypothetically, you’ve got four Ferraris, different colours, every day you dress your outfit and you know which one to pull in, right, it makes it easier.

“Now, when you only have a red one, then you’re like ‘damn how am I going to look in this one tomorrow, and next week’.

“Every day is a concentration of how… you can’t wear the same outfit every day.”

Big Boy, unconvinced and bewildered, said Akon’s analogy made ‘no f***ing sense’ to him.

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“Big Boy, you don’t want it to make sense,” Akon replied. “That variety makes life freer, it makes life open.”

Attempting to make his analogy easier to understand, the rapper then changed it to focus on hoodies, but again failed to clearly make his point come across.

“OK, so you’ve got four hoodies,” he began. “Every day, you’ve got a choice of which hoodie to wear without even double thinking because you have the choice to make.

“One hoodie, you can’t wear that every day.”

Again, Big Boy noted the flaw in his logic, pointing to the time and attention which would have to be shared across each hoodie.

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Akon – the founder of an ambitious energy access project in Africa – then said ‘it works for me’ before saying that in the US, ‘guys are afraid of their women’.

“In Africa, it’s totally different,” he explained.

“In Africa, there’s two roles. The woman understands theirs and the guy understands theirs. 

“The men are dominant, always have been. That’s just what it is.

“But at the end of the day, the women hold the power because the woman can create the opportunity for any man.

“There’s no powerful man without a powerful woman behind him.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.