/əˈ di wa lé/

The name Adiwale is derived from the combination of “Adi” and “Awalé”, both variations of the name of an old abstract strategy game originating from Africa and very popular in West Africa and all over the world. “Adi” is the common name in Ghana, Togo, and Benin, “Wari” in Mali, and “Awalé” in Cote d’Ivoire

The game requires a wooden board with two straight rows of six pits, called "houses” and 48 nickernut seeds. It starts with four seeds in each house. The goal is to capture over 24 seeds to win. It is possible for the game to end in a draw, where each player has captured 24 seeds. Computer science and artificial intelligence researchers have found 889 billion positions to solve this ancient game, demonstrating its complex and very strategic nature

In addition, Adiwale means “the game is profitable” in Ewe, a dialect common to Togo and Ghana. Through strategic and operational value addition to portfolio companies, our goal is to generate high returns

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised Chinua Achebe

We are looking for entrepreneurs who are building something that is going to change the face of West Africa and beyond. To achieve the right growth trajectory, they probably need the right type of capital, and a partner that can help them focus on the execution of their strategy

We believe that Adiwale is a different and better kind of partner: we do not take control of companies we work with, but like to challenge them in order to help achieve their potential. On top of capital, governance improvements and strategic planning, we provide operational support through the lending of expertise, mostly functional, to our portfolio companies