Bawo ( Bao) is famous as the most intricate of all mancala games. Bawo is played in Malawi, Zanzibar, Coastal Tanzania, Northwestern Madagascar, Ethiopia, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda Burundi and Eastern Congo. Bawo is called bao la Kiswahili, bao la kucheza and bao la kujifunza in the Swahili hinterland and it is named Omweso in Uganda.
Bawo is played on a four row board with 8 holes per row and is multiple lap game which means that if the last seed is placed in a hole already containing one or more seeds, the contents of this hole are picked up and the seeds are distributed in the same way again.

Game Object: to empty your opponents' front row, or deprive them of any legal moves, while still protecting your own front row. When the last seed on a sowing falls in an occupied hole in your inner row (second row from you), you capture all the seeds form the inner row opposite (third row from you).

Mancala games are amongst the oldest board games played today. The games are not played throughout Africa, but different variants are also available in the Caribbean, Surinam, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, and some parts of Russia. Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  ©2010 Fumbani Chibaka Techno-centrics®