Charapke: Pastime Of Northern Nigeria Girls

Charapke is a delight-inducing pastime for girls in northern Nigeria. It is a game that involves a certain level of dexterity at juggling and balance. Quite popular in the ’80s and early ’90s among little girls, it was the way to spend spare time, before the advent of global technology. Strangely and considering its acceptance, its origin is unknown. Charapke is played by gathering a considerable number of stones, depending on how many the player’s palm can comfortably hold. Two circles are drawn on the floor and stones are placed in one, while the other is left empty. The player ...
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