The controversial US$3.4bn luxury resort, which will house concert halls, golf courses, casinos and a slave trade museum, will be developed on a former slave port in Badagry, Nigeria.

Jackson, who is supporting the Badagry Historical Resort Development Project venture, said the project is intended to honour the region, which was a "point of no return" for thousands of slaves trafficked from Africa to the Americas as part of the transatlantic slave trade.

Promotional literature from The Motherland Group, the investment group financing the plan, describes the project as "an adventurous ride giving you an historical overview of African music… from hologram images, concert footage, a state of the art recording facility, to robotic figures displaying the rhythmic beats from 300 years ago where music began."

Opponents to the scheme, however, have criticised the plans, stating that it trivialises Africa’s history by attempting to combine luxury attractions with the slave trade.

In response the this, the developers insisted that Africa’s history will be presented in a "sensitive" manner and that the resort will help "enhance the quality of life" for local people by creating more than 150,000 new jobs through tourism.