3 African board games you should add to your game bag

Bridget Boakye January 20, 2018

Zamma (North Africa)

Zamma is popular throughout North Africa. Some boards found dates back to 1400. It uses a 9×9 or 8×8 square board.  Much similar to checkers, each player has 40 playing pieces, black or white, with the goal being to capture all of your opponents pieces. Every space on the board is filled with each player’s pieces except for the middle point of the board. Each player’s pieces are also set up on each player’s half of the board. In North Africa, the black pieces are referred to as men, and the white pieces as women.


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