J'erin → German.

First Description: R. J.
Newberry, 1939
Cycles: One
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Multiple laps
Region: Nigeria

J'erin, sometimes also called (and spelled) Jérin-Jérin ("eat fours at a time"), is a mancala game played by the Yoruba in Nigeria. Game boards are sold in craft shops in Lagos. It was first described in Europe by R. J. Newberry in 1939.


The game is similar to Ba-awa except the following:

  • The opening move is made with the contents of two adjoining holes from the beginner's side (a total of eight seeds), which are then sown from the next hole onwards.
  • The last eight seeds are given to the player who captured the first four with the last seed of a lap anywhere on the board.

Otherwise the rules are the same.


Newberry, R. J. 
Games and Pastimes in Southern Nigeria. In: Nigerian Field 1939; 8 (2): 75-80.
Russ, L. 
The Complete Mancala Games Book: How to Play the World's Oldest Board Games. Marlowe & Company, New York (USA) 2000, 63 (2nd edition).
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