Playing Oware on Break. Bolgatanga N/R Ghana

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Welcome to Oware Canada!


Toronto (October 11, 2011) MACPRI Toronto International Oware Tournament and Free Family Fun Day in partnership with the Africentric Alternative School will take place Saturday October 29th, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at 1430 Sheppard Ave. West (near Keele St.).

This free event open to the public will be of significant benefit to the community as there will be a number of exciting activities for children, youth and adults to participate in throughout the day in addition to the tournament. These activities include: Performance and presentations by local artists and motivational speakers, Storytelling, Arts and Crafts, African Martial Arts Demonstration, Drumming Lessons, Jewellery Making, Head Wrapping Workshop and an African Market Place.

Visions in Green, the International All African Inventors Museum (IAAIM) are proud sponsoring partners of the MACPRI Toronto International Oware Tournament and will launch a special exhibit on the history of Oware one of Africa’s and the world oldest (mathematical) board games.

Anyone 12 years and older interested in playing in the tournament can register for a fee of $10.00. An official tournament T-shirt can be purchased at the time of registration for an additional $15.00. Our initial goal was to register 256 players and award a grand prize of $1000.00. We are now realistically looking at 64 players sitting for the tournament and the winner will receive $500.00 cash. Prizes will be awarded to players who finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th place as well. Small gifts courtesy of MACPRI and our principle sponsor Evans Electrical Services will also be awarded to everyone who participates in the tournament. Donations will also be accepted in support of programming at the Africentric Alternative School.

What is Oware? Oware is a counting game and a fabulous tool for teaching math skills in a fun and exciting way. Oware is living African history and a unique way to incorporate an enriching aspect of African culture in our daily lives.

Based on observations of children, young people and adults who have been introduced to the game over the past 6 years, playing Oware aids in the development of self esteem among all children and adults alike, but in particular the children from whose countries the pit and pebbles games such as Oware originate.

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For more information and to register please contact Adisa S. Oji, founder of Oware Canada, by email at owarecanada@gmail.com or call 647-991-1753

Visit our website www.owarecanada.com

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