alt. (context games English) A mancala game which originated in Africa, and is reputedly the oldest game in the world. n. (context games English) A mancala game which originated in Africa, and is reputedly the oldest game in the world.
Oware is an Ashanti abstract strategy game among the Mancala family of board games (pit and pebble games) played world-wide with slight variations as to the layout of the game, number of players and strategy of play. Its origin is uncertain but is widely believed to be of Ashanti origin.
Played in Ashanti City-State and throughout the Caribbean, Oware and its variants have many names - Ayò, Ayoayo ( Yoruba), Awalé ( Côte d'Ivoire), Wari ( Mali), Ouri, Ouril or Uril ( Cape Verde), Warri (Caribbean), Wali ( Dagbani), Adji ( Ewe), Nchọ/Ókwè ( Igbo), ise ( Edo) and Awélé ( Ga). A common name in English is Awari but one of the earliest Western scholars to study the game, R.S. Rattray, used the name Wari.
Usage examples of "oware".
I thought it best to let them get clear of the place before I left myself, for fear I might be tempted to dispute their views, and that was how I came to see the two Bears arrive: not to eat, but to call for beer and an oware set.
They play oware with the order of moves determined by a round of dice, not in sequence as most people do.