In the book 147 Snooker Drills and Exercises by Andrew Highfield, he named a challenge after Akani, after challenging him to complete the drill. He is also known for resting his chin on the cue extension when playing with a rest. Akani is known for his very deliberate cue action, where he plants his hand down with the cue before playing the next shot.
After the match, Hawkins said the match "was up there with one of the worst I have ever played". In the last 16, Akani drew Ronnie O'Sullivan and went ahead at scores of 20, 42 and 54, before losing the match 65. During the 2017 UK Championship, Akani defeated three higher seeds, defeating Fergal O'Brien 65, Michael Holt 64, and whitewashing former world championship runner-up Barry Hawkins 60.
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At the Northern Ireland Open, Akani eliminated Cao Yupeng 41 and Mark Davis 43 and was knocked out in the third round 42 by Wilson. Akani qualified for the 2016 Indian Open by defeating Ben Woollaston 43 and then saw off Jamie Burnett 41, Mark Davis 42 and Gary Wilson 42 (opened the match with a 104 break) to reach the quarter-finals of the first ranking he had appeared at. He took a 21 lead over Kyren Wilson, but would go on to lose 42.He also lost in the quarter-finals of the non-ranking Six-red World Championship 74 to Stuart Bingham. He qualified for the German Masters by seeing off Graeme Dott and Jack Lisowski, but was thrashed 50 by Zhao Xintong in the first round.
At the 2017 International Championship, he was 20, 31 and 42 behind but he won the last 4 frames to beat Marco Fu by 64. In the last frame, he cleared the table with a break of 53 to win the frame by 2 points. After a walkover in the last 64, he lost against Martin O'Donnell 56, despite a lead of 52. He reached the Last 16 of the 2017 Indian Open after beating Scott Donaldson, Stephen Maguire, and Dominic Dale before losing 42 to Liam Highfield. At the 2017 World Open qualifying round, he had a close match against Liang Wenbo losing 54 after being 20 and 42 up and scoring back-to-back century breaks (101 and 119) but losing the "decider". In 2017, he started the season like the year before.
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