Sometimes we look back at some of the things we did as kids and we wonder why we did them. Ghanaian kids used to play a lot of games especially before the introduction of screens like mobile phones and computers.
Here, we look at 5 of these games we played that would make you wonder why you played them;
1. Zanzama; this game has other names depending on the community. in some kumasi communities it’s called “k33koo”. the participants strike a deal where each player has to say “zanzama” before they sit anytime they stand up. you have to be alert and cautious while playing the game because once you broke the deal, you’re entitled to unexpected knocks. this game has killed half of the knowledge and creativity in this country. it was even better if your opponent was bald. yh i know …you’re thinking about playing it with the president.
2. Chemp3/kyemp3; Have you ever had to share food with someone though you don’t want to? Well, chemp3 will make you. Chemp3 in English means “share it equally”. As the name implies, In this game, the players will have to share their food with the opponent if the opponent sees them eating and says “chemp3”. In order to prevent sharing the food, the player has to say “no chemp3 to the opponent before starting to eat. Lose focus and risk your food. This game was a jackpot if you managed to strike a deal with a rich kid.
3. Kalo; This was a numbers game played usually with car numbers. The participants searched for repeated numbers. If a participant spotted any repeated numbers then they’d hit the opponent at the back of the hand the value of the repeated numbers put together. For instance if the repeated numbers are “6,6” then the spotter will hit the opponent 12 times. It was best played close the road where more cars pass by.
4. Banku; The name of this game varies from community to community and it’s less popular. It was also a game where participants strike a deal. The players of this game have to keep their backs covered at all times or risk getting a heavy hit at the back. If nothing is covering the back, the player has to keep their hand at the back. Keep your back bare and the next thing you’ll hear is “kum” …it’s not a heavy object falling from the air to the ground, it’s your back.
5. Kyin Dan ho; “kyin dan ho” translated into English means “go round the house”. When a player got their food, they have to say “no kyin dan ho” to the opponent. Just like the name implies, failure to follow the rules will warrant a trip around a set perimeter as the opponent tries to finish the food. Great game for a foodie if only you trust yourself to be smart and alert, otherwise it’s your nightmare.
Mean games right? But they’re enjoyable if you ever played one. That’s if you don’t find yourself at the wrong end. Did you find yourself playing such games? You could share your experience with us in the comment section.