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Mancala Oware Math Skills African Game

Mancala Oware Math Skills African Game

Mancala or Mankala Oware is a traditional African game which is also played in Europe and around the world. Oware is one of the most played games in the Mancala Family of pit and pebbles games. Mancala Oware is an ancient math skill African game.

Mancala Oware is an ancient math skills African game. Mankala board dug into the ground photo by Leo Laempe
Mancala Oware is an ancient 
math skills African game.

Mancala Oware Math Skills African Game

Mancala is a common name to identify a set of games with the same mechanics and goals. In Ghana, Oware has always occupied a prominent role in society being regarded as a game of the Kings of Asante and Denkyira. Warri is the Akan word for being married. 

The folklore behind the name oware is an Ashanti legend, which states a man and a woman wanted to have more time to play the game oware so they decided to get married.

Mancala Oware is used for the development of math skills. Mancala is an ancient board game which dates back to the 6th century AD. Mancala remains very popular in Africa today. Different versions are found in nearly every African country and village. The goal of the game is to empty the front row of your opponent or make it impossible for your opponent to move.

Mancala Oware is an ancient math skill African game. The basic objective of the game is to capture more seeds than your opponent but, oware is never a game between two people, but a game involving all who witness the game since onlookers will give advice and join in “helping” the players with the game. 

There are more than 200 different versions of Mancala, which is known by many different names in Africa; Kalaha in West Africa, Bao in East Africa, Kisolo in Southern Africa, however, the name of the game can change from village to village but the basic rules of winning remain the same.

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