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Foji DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


Foji is a two-row mancala-style board game observed in Dahomey during the early twentieth century. It is similar to other two-row mancala games from West Africa.


2x6 board. Four counters in each hole. A player picks up all of the counters in one of the holes in their row and sows them one-by-one in a clockwise direction in consecutive holes from the hole the pieces originated. The starting hole is always left empty, even if a player sows in a complete circuit of the board, the original house is skipped and sowing continues in the next hole after it. When the final counter falls into an occupied hole, these are picked up and sowing continues. When the final counter of a sowing lands in an empty hole in the player's own row, the contents of the hole in the opponent's row opposite it are captured. If the opponent's holes are all empty, the other player must make a move placing counters in the opponent's row. If not possible, the player captures all the counters in their row. The player who has captured the most counters wins. If the game continues in a repeating loop, the players can agree to end the game and capture the counters remaining in their row.

Béart 1955: 510.



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Béart, C. 1955. Jeux et jouets de l'ouest africain. Tome II. Dakar: IFAN.

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