Ayo Game

This traditional African Ayo game (also known as Awale) is a favourite of many young people across the African continent, but particularly in Nigeria and West Africa. You can play this Ayo game against a friend or the computer.

Play Ayo GameAyo is played by two people, facing each other, over two rows of six pockets, or holes in the ground. Each player places four seeds or stones in each of their six pockets and the players then take turns of picking up all of the pieces from one of the pockets and dropping one of them into another pocket one by one. The first player to empty all of the other player’s pockets wins the game.

The Ayo game has become in recent decades an important 'mind sport game'. Tournaments are held every year in Western Africa, many European countries, and in Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. Opposite is a short video of two kids playing Ayo / Awale.

Whilst Ayo is often played with a board, and great care is taken to craft a board with its twelve carved out circular pockets and often elaborate carvings on its sides, Ayo can also be played by simply marking out two rows of six pits in the ground, making the game more accessible to poorer people, especially children who can then simply play anywhere with sand or soft ground and a handful of stones for playing pieces.

After you've played this online Ayo game check out some of our other traditional African games below including variations of Ayo, then explore the ancient Egyptian game of Senet or try your hand at running an African farm and see how well you cope with natural phenomena and seasons!



 
 
 
 
 

Ayo Game

Ayo Game

Ayo Game

Ayo Game

 


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Ayo Game

Ayo Game

There are many traditional and modern African games and here we present online versions of some of the most popular and widely played across the continent ~ although the rules and name of each game depends where you play. If you would like to play a further selection of African games visit www.africa-games.com.

 
 


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