Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tops at Tokpombu (Nongowa)

In this photo, men from the village of Tokpombu were playing the game of "tops". This game and a game called "drafts" (very much like checkers) were popular when I was in Sierra Leone. The games were very competitive and sometimes played for money. I remember that "drafts" was played very fast and when individuals moved their pieces the moves were accentuated by slamming the pieces down on the board. It could be somewhat intimidating. Tokpombu was about one mile from our house and was a village on the road to Dama Chiefdom south of us (known as Dama Road). The village had ten or fifteen homes and was situated on both sides of the road.

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