Akon: When I Was 17 I Was A Prince


When Akon was younger, he used to pretend he was an African prince while he was at school to attract girls. That and many revelations come up during MTV’s When I Was 17.

 

Akon tells MTV for their show When I Was 17 he used to pretend he was an African prince to get girls.

The ‘Lonely’ singer split his time between Senegal and the US while growing up and admits he would play on his African roots as a teenager, by claiming to be royalty so as to impress girls.

“That was my thing in high school. People would say, ‘Yeah, he a prince; you know he a prince, right?’ Like ‘Yeah, I’m a prince, see?’ That was fun!”

His brother Omar added: “People just didn’t know any better so they believed that we were princes from Africa.”

Akon said he got the idea from the classic Eddie Murphy movie ‘Coming to America‘, a comedy about a misplaced African prince trying to make his way in the US.

He added to MTV: “I would play off that, because when ‘Coming to America’ came out years ago, it felt like that was the thing to do.”

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