90s Games We Played – Hwai Hwai (Red Rover)


This game was similar to rugby tackling exercises and game called Red Rover. It consisted of two lines which made up the home bases.


It started with one player in the middle between the two home bases. He would then call over all the people over saying “Hwai haw huyai” the group would then respond, “Tinotya” and the player would ask “Munotyei” and the group would respond saying “Tinotya mapere” and he would assure them by saying “Mapere akaenda Wedza” then the group will run from one home base to the next.

The person in the middle would try to catch a person. Once caught you would join the person in the middle and start catching as well. Then the people in the middle would invite the group again. It gets more difficult to get to a home base as the number of people in the middle slowly exceeds those running across. This would continue until there was no one to call over.

How to Play

Team [X] needed to fill up the bottle with sand. Team [A] would try to strike the players while they filled the sand. If you were hit you would be eliminated. A member of team X could catch the ball without it touching the ground. if he managed to do that then he could throw it as far as he could. whilst giving other players time to fill the bottle with sand.

Once the sand is full then the players will have to start emptying the bottle again while dodging the ball. Once the bottle is empty again then those who were eliminated would regain a second life. Otherwise if all are eliminated then the teams swap.

Other games

Games we also played included; HwishuFish FishNhodo, One Touch, Dhudhudza, Raka Raka, Dhiritsa, Matsva, Chisveru, Deya, Chihwande hwande, Chabuta, Stechu, Hondo yemaKinha, Tauya Kunoona Mary, Country Game and Pada

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