This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Each player has 5 men in a line on his side of the board. The
winner is the first player to get all his men across the board on
to the line of squares on the far side.
Players take turns to move. When it is his turn, each player
must move two of his men one square each in the SAME direction. The
move may be in any direction including diagonally.
Only one man is allowed in any square, there is no jumping and
the black squares cannot be used.