Mancala World
First Description: Jordi
Climent Tondo, 2009
Cycles: One
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Multiple laps
Region: Nigeria

Sokusowó (also spelled Sokusọwó) is played in Ilésà in the southwest of Nigeria.


The game is played on a board of two rows with four seeds in each hole at the start of the game.


Initial Position

On his turn a player picks up the contents of one of his hole, which has two or more seeds, and distributes them except the first seed (see note below), one at a time, counterclockwise into the ensuing holes. If the last seed falls into an occupied hole, its contents are distributed in another lap.

  • The first seed of each lap (including the first one) is put aside and considered to be a point for the moving player.

The move ends, when the last seed is dropped into an empty hole.

If a player has only singletons and empty holes, he cannot move and the game ends.

Each player adds the seeds in his holes to his winnings.

The player who got the most seeds has won the game.


The game is a good way to practice multiple laps. The player who finds the moves with the most laps would usually win the game.

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