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How to play this game?

While in Tanzania (on Zanzibar), I picked up the following board game:

image After many unsuccessful attempts to understand the locals describing the rules to me, I still don't know how to play it. And I can't find anything on the 'Net. Does anyone happen to know how to play? Please let me know!

Update: Frank Gevaerts points me to these rules of Bao -- it certainly would have helped to have known the name. No wonder it was impossible to get people to convey that to me in broken English. Thanks Frank, now I'll have to get good at it.