Welcome to the Home Page for the

Warri Society International

Players of the World's Oldest Game

Mission Statement

The mission of the Warri Society International (WSI) is to gather any and all data related to the oldest game in the world; the African board game known as Warri, Mancala, Oware and many other names.  To create a data depository and make this information available to the community.  To teach and promote the game and bring players together.  To partner with groups and institutions in order to assist in their educational and philosophical training of youth and adults.  To actively engage the mind in learning skills of decision making (analytical thinking), making choices (creative psychology) and determining the outcome of your options (forward thinking).  And to do this in an atmosphere of pure fun by simply playing a strategy board game based on mathematics (the art of counting).

The Warri Society is a cultural reference name used to refer to all the peoples who know and play this board game and to acknowledge the connection they have with each other no matter where they are or are from on this planet.

The work of the Warri Society International is sponsored by the founder, Robert Oba Cullins, friends and volunteers since at least 1980.

The Warri game is played in almost every country in the world and is known by hundreds of different names. 

Some of the game names are: Adi, Adjiboto, Awale, Awari, Awele, Ayo Ayo, Azigo, Bao, Chongkak, Choro, Congkak, Dakon, Gabata, J'erin J’erin, Kalah, Kpo, Lela, Mancala, Mweso, Okwe, Omweso, Oware, Pallam kuzhi, Pandi, Princess Sita, Sunca, Vai Lung Thlan, Warri, Wouri, and many more names.

 There are more than a hundred different ways of playing on various size boards.  A game board with two rows and six cups in each row and sometimes with a storehouse cup on each end of the board is very common in West Africa and a playing board with four rows and eight cups in each row is very common in East Africa.

There is an abundance of information about the game that is available on the internet.  I've include a few links below that are important to know about.

 Web sites for Warri rules, info and freeware/shareware computer programs:


 Myriad Web Site - The Awale Game

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 Awale-related resources on the Internet


This site also has a free downloadable Shareware version of the game that can be played on a computer. 

They call the game Awale.


click the links below:

   Warri (Awale) game  for Mac and PC computers


The Oware Society

 click the link  below:





 (Excerpted by permission from the Oware Society UK)        http://www.oware.org

Oware is one of the oldest existing board games in the world. It belongs to the pit and pebbles classification of games, which has been around for over 5000 years and has definitely stood the test of time.

Dating back thousands of years BC. Both stone and wood carvings of Oware boards have been found in the roofing slabs of the Temple of Kurna at Thebes, in the summit of the great pylon at the entrance to the Temple of Karnak in Luxor both in Egypt. Similar discoveries have been made in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Sudan. In Ghana, it was found in the temple of Tarkora in Tanobuase in the Techiman district of the Ashanti Region.
Today it has been recognised as a very useful educational tool for children. It is mainly played in the rural areas of Africa, Caribbean and Asia. In Europe it is mainly played by those who have traveled to Africa and have learned how to play there or have been introduced to the game through the Oware Society UK and its various events. Or through friends and family who are Oware enthusiasts.

Barbados Warri: the Bajan way

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The Online Guide to Traditional Games

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Mancala v2.0-online game

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Links to various game rules:

For more information about the Warri Society contact:

Robert Oba Cullins


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Please send them to:   warri@warri.org

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