Ampe

Anna Owusu, July 02, 2013

Ampe

You may have noticed that some of our students report that they like playing Ampe. Ampe is a traditional children's game played by primarily young girls in Ghana and it looks pretty intense. It can be played with two individual players or two teams, identified as "Ohyiwa" and "Opare". It's kind of like rock, paper, scissors (but not really) and you use your feet. If you don't know the rules, you'd be completely at a loss for what's happening! The ohyiwa team scores a point if their left leg meets the right leg or right leg meets the left leg of opare team member. Opare scores a point if their left leg meets the left leg or their right leg meets the right leg of the ohyiwa team member. The first team to 10 points wins! One team member for each team competes at a time. The game begins with singing, jumping, and clapping. When a player lands they each put one leg forward. The pattern of legs as described above will determine the winner. May sound simple, but when played rapid fire and with a few skills and strategies picked up over time, it seems a wee bit intense.

Check out this youtube video especially around :47 and again at 2:34 minutes in! I don't think I could hang with these girls. They're all business!

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