therefore the rapper decied to get his own diamond mine in south Africa.
AKON has been since pointed by his fellow artist as BLOOD DIAMOND trader
wich you can hear on Kanye West track 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone', and the recent Oscar-nominated film, Blood Diamond .
Amnesty International claims four million people have died in wars fuelled by the trade in blood diamonds, however Akon thinks the situation has been blown out of proportion.
AKON said :
"Now its more stable then that. Im sure in certain mines and in certain areas there's probably some illegal activity going on, so I will not sit there a defend no mine, period. But at the same time, in any corporation there is a lot of illegal activity going on,"
"If I had to put emphasis on anything, I would talk about the damn oil. I would call that 'blood oil'. The oil is killing more people. Diamonds is the least of our worries. All that (attention on the diamond trade) is really to ( destract ) you from what is really going on."
Despite the controvertsy, the diamond industry maintains there are very few conflict diamonds around and that legal diamond trade ploughs money back into the country they came from.
Akon said his mine: "fell into his lap".
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Talking to the right person about jewellery. He was a son of a mine owner. He was trying to get rd of it. I was like (cher-ching). I was like, how much you asking for? He mentioned his price. It was pretty expensive.
Just as a reminder Blood Diamond mine are the one mined and traded by rebel groups in war-torn countries such as Sierra Leone, Angola and Liberia and used to buy weapons to continue the fighting.
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by Frenchtouch for bbmtv1.com