What game is this?

I was sent this photo with the question “What Game?”. All the information I have is that it was taken in 1961 in Mauritania [what I’m posting seems to be a recent colour photo of the original black and white photo]. Anyone have any ideas?

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The third one is this article could be it.


Well, that was quick. Zamma.

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Has anyone seen or played it?

No, but I love how it looks exactly like the games of Go I played with a friend while camping. Same use of sticks vs stones, grid scraped into the ground.

I was reminded of Go looking at it, but the mixture of sticks and stones made me think it must be something else.