1. MANCALA (THROUGHOUT AFRICA)
Mancala is believed to be the oldest game in the world. It was played in as many countries on the continent as there is variations of it. First you need a mancala board, with holes arranged in either two or four rows. Small stones or seeds were used in earlier days; today, using marbles is common. The name mancala literally means “to transfer” in Arabic, so the aim is to move your stones around so that you can capture more than your opponent. It’s fun, but strategic, much like chess. The game is still played today, enjoyed by both children and adults across the globe.