The African Stone Game has been played for many centuries in all parts of the world and is known by many different names (it belongs to the mancala board game family). This is a fair game, the outcome of which is based on skill and strategy rather than luck. It has been played by kings and shepherds alike in parts of Africa, Asia, South America, the West Indies, and the Phillipines.Game boards for mancala are often carved from wood or a hollowed-out goard. In ancient times, royal game boards were carved out of ivory and lined with precious metals.
There are many variations to the game. It is a game for 2 players. The game board for the two row version consists of a board that has two rows with six holes, some versions have two seed pots on sides. The pieces that are moved on the board were originally stones, but counters, pennies, lima beans, or macaroni work just as well. The objective of the game is to capture as many of your opponent’s counters as possible. The rules of the game are very simple to learn, which is why it has been played for centuries.
In The Gambia you will usually see people playing a game at craft markets, where you can also buy it in different designs. It is also a very a nice souvenir.