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Top 4 Nigerian Traditional Games to Try


This is the most popular traditional board game in Nigeria. It is called Ayo in Yoruba. Despite the nomenclature, its popularity cut across the country and Africa. It is played by two dexterous individual who attempts to get more seeds to emerge the winner.

The game is made up of 12 holes with 6 on each side of the board and every hole contains 4 seeds making it a total of 48 seeds. The board is 0.8m to 1.2m. A player is declared the winner if he is able to garner more than his opponent. The game is played in an anticlockwise format while each player is allowed to play for 30 secs.


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Ayo: Can someone explain the importance of teaching our children how to play?

What is the IFA verse that mentions this game. How are ancestors appeased with Ayo? Does Ayo help with learning IFA verses? Please help me to understand this game. My daughter beats me every time we play!