African Sese Wood Oware Board Game from Ghana, "Bookshelf Oware"
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Ghanaian artisan Ernestina Oppong Asante creates her own interpretation of the traditional oware board game. Oware is a game of skill and strategy designed for two players, challenging mental agility and alertness. The objective can be briefly described as "counting and capturing beads" and there are no chance factors in it. The player's strategy entirely depends upon the ability for reasoning and counting. The artisan makes this board from sese wood and includes plastic bead playing pieces. She uses wood burning techniques to create the exterior design.
- 1.39 kgs
- 3.1 lbs
- Closed: 16.5 cm H x 32 cm W x 5.5 cm D
- Closed: 6.5" H x 12.5" W x 2.2" D
- Opened: 17.5 cm H x 64 cm W x 2.5 cm D
- Opened: 7" H x 25" W x 1" D
Ernestina supports and provides for her grandchildren's education.
Ernestina Oppong Asante has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1600 and the most recent for $800. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood and paints, as well as leather for the drums.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.