Name: Kwepena (Buganda Kingdom`s Dodge ball)
Age of Game: Over 500 years old
Type of Game: Throw, dodge or hit game
Tribal Origin: Buganda Kingdom
Cultural Spread: The game is currently played mainly in the Central, Western and Eastern parts of Uganda
Number of players per game: 3 people (2 (two) throwers and 1 (one) dodger)
Gender Considerations: Men are now allowed to play, but the game has always been dominantly played by girls and young ladies.
Items required: one soft ball
Game Description: The game starts off with 2 shooters at opposite ends of each other, one soft ball and 2 or more dodgers between the shooters. Each time the ball is thrown, its aimed at eliminating one dodger at a time. When the ball hits a dodger, they get out of the game and become a shooter.
How to play: It is an elimination game; if you are hit, you get out and become a shooter. The Kwepena game is played when 2 shooters throw a soft ball at a group of dodgers between them. The person that stays within the shooting range (between 2 shooters) the longest wins the match. Game may start off with up to 10-15 dodgers but they keep getting eliminated until the final winner emerges.
Goal of the game: To remain within the shooters range for the longest time possible without being hit by the shooters` ball.
Purpose: This game brings out the competitiveness in a player, teaches the player to think fast, make accurate decisions, sharpens the players focus and attitude.
Community Experience: The game is usually played by youth and young adults and is making a strong come back after almost 50 years of being suppressed.
This game requires fast movement and deep focus. Visit Uganda and play Kwepena. You will live to remember it.