A Question of Excellence: a Century of African Masters

Question of Excellence

Books have been filled with thoughts on mastership, genius and excellence in games. The players of African descent make up a history of intellectual African accomplishments largely unnoticed in the literature on African history and psychology. A Question of Excellence fills this void and brings together literature on checkers, draughts, chess and mancala games. Some historical figures, such as Said bin Jubayr, inspired research on other questions, in particular the historical connection between Africa and Middle East.

Draughts players, Guinea Bissau. Copyright ©Alex de Voogt

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