Ayo or Oware Board
Traditional hand made Ayo board. Wooden board with 48 seeds.
Our Ayo boards also come with instructions in case its been a while since you last enjoyed a match!
This game has a beautiful hand crafted tactile feel and is great to play for children or as adults. It is also great for mental maths practise for young and older minds alike!
Why it's on The Cornrow?
Mancala board games can be found all across Africa. Versions of the game date back to the 7th century and evidence suggests the game existed in Ancient Egypt. It is among the oldest known games to still be widely played today.
As Yoruba sisters, we call it Ayo, but you might also know it as Oware or Endodoi. We couldn't have a Cornrow Games section without giving Ayo its shine!
The Cornrow, founded by sisters Kemi (big sis) and Lara (little sis) in 2020, is a heartfelt tribute to their African and Caribbean heritage. With a deep passion for homeware, books, and lifestyle products that celebrate the Black experience, the sisters scour the globe for joyful representations of their culture. Kemi, who left a career in corporate finance during the UK lockdown, is the driving force behind The Cornrow, sharing her love for the brand on Instagram @CottageNoir. Lara, an accomplished digital marketing professional, is committed to supporting Black-owned brands and can be found on TikTok at ThisIsLaraLand. The Cornrow is a true family affair, with their mother Yasmin providing creative advice and gift-wrapping services @yasminwrapstar, and Yasmin's partner Jonathan, formerly of Chelsea Design Centre, offering invaluable retail advice. Together, they are on a mission to spotlight under-represented stories of Black and African diaspora design, introducing "Afro-aristo" as a fresh addition to traditional design trends.