No. 118: 3 Thursday AM Reads – Kweku Adoboli Tells His Story | S2G Ventures Closes $125M Food and Agriculture Fund | Ace Harris Releases Solid African Vibes

  1. I was embarrassed when Kweku Adoboli’s name went across the screen for losing $2.3B while trading ETFs at UBS. A Ghanaian brother had done something really bad. What impact would this have on the perception of Ghanaians? Here’s a fascinating piece on him now that he’s out of jail, but still not in the clear. He still faces deportation back to Ghana since he isn’t a British citizen.

  2. S2G Ventures closed a $125m fund that will be used to invest in food and agriculture companies that operate at any point. From the looks of the announcement and their website, the firm is focused on investing in US-based startups. Examples of their investments include $8m into a startup that is developing mushrooms that can remove gluten from wheat, and other unwanted components from crops. I hope they are not solely US-focused, so they can take a look at Hello Tractor.

  3. I listened to Ace Harris’ new album four times yesterday. ATLLiberia mashes up afrobeat, more traditional African rhythms, and EDM – it’s solid.  Tuma’s Song and Light Your Night set your sights on making a difference in this world. African Star rocks that “proud to be African” vibe. Ife took my mind to my favorite characteristic of South African music – that driving bass drum that gives all the layers space to move. The guitar riff on that track took my mind to when Sango Malamu first visited my dad’s church and I fell in love with African music. Whinin’ It and Drop will make you sweat, as will Yansh, though it’s my least favorite track on the album. I look forward to hearing his next project. While we’re on the music front, check out the visuals for Baloji’s Unite’ and Litre – a strong message against the power wielded by the telecoms and breweries in DRC.

    Photo Credit: Adama Jalloh

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