Popular Games and Sports in DRC


  • Bokwele (similar to capture the flag)
  • Ding-Dingo — traditional game that involves jumping through a maze laid out with stones on the ground.  They keep track of how well they do by using counters.  Requires a great deal of skill.


  • Soccer – one of the few organized sports in DRC
  • Basketball is growing in popularity
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Boxing

(Willis, Terri. Democratic Republic of the Congo: Enchantment of the World. New York, NY: Children’s Press, 2004.)

Lesson Plan Ideas:

  1. Read description of Bokwele and have students discuss what that may look like.
  2. Check out videos online of each sport being played.
  3. Allow students to play some online African games during free time in the computer lab.