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I Want Know About Tiv Culture by Warish: 6:31am On Mar 22, 2012
i wanna know about tiv culture
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by ifyalways(f): 10:35pm On Mar 22, 2012
They eat meat alot!
A tiv man would have his fufu in 1 hand and meat in the other hand.

Their women are good in bed.Thats just the much i know.
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by rabzy: 1:45pm On Mar 28, 2012
ifyalways: They eat meat alot!
A tiv man would have his fufu in 1 hand and meat in the other hand.

Their women are good in bed.Thats just the much i know.

Madam, how you take know, dat bed thing na just reported speech.
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by ifyalways(f): 9:45pm On Mar 28, 2012

Madam, how you take know, dat bed thing na just reported speech.
I had a Tiv GF way back in nursing school.She dated my very close male friend.The guy used to be a player and cant stay with a babe for more than 6 months.Long story short,Tiv babe dump am after 4 months.The guy was crying,begging and engaged my services in getting the babe back.I was naturally surprised as the guy was a known cassanova,he confided in me that amongst other attributes,the babe was a "killer" under the sheets.

You can try one then come back and refute or support my claims.Sir
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by BlackPikiN(m): 1:15am On Mar 29, 2012
^^^Your tori sweet
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by rabzy: 6:46am On Mar 29, 2012
I had a Tiv GF way back in nursing school.She dated my very close male friend.The guy used to be a player and cant stay with a babe for more than 6 months.Long story short,Tiv babe dump am after 4 months.The guy was crying,begging and engaged my services in getting the babe back.I was naturally surprised as the guy was a known cassanova,he confided in me that amongst other attributes,the babe was a "killer" under the sheets.

You can try one then come back and refute or support my claims.Sir

Na still reported speech and I am not in the trying business. grin

Stories abound of Calabar, Delta/Edo, TIV, Kabba and some other minority tribes who are said to have such killer abilities. So i wonder if it is true, is it in the genes...I don't believe so. Is it because, Guyz don't often get to date them because they are minorities and so its easier to remember, relate and embelish their encounters with those girls...possibly e.g i met one kabba girl, she was awesome, (the other guy says wow, he does not even know what kabba is and keeps wondering and salivating), compared to 'i met one Ibo girl, she is so good, acrobatic etc (the other guy wonders, why are the ones i dated in computer village not as good, this is guy is lucky o).

Now if these calabar/tiv etc girls are really good, then it means culturally or traditionally, there must be an education program, a process where mothers/aunts etc teach these girls 'how to make a man/husband get an unforgettable experience'. It is this program, i want proof of, that would be a good evidence or pointer to why girls of a whole tribe would be so good.

Moreso, it doesn't take took much to satisfy a man, i would have preferred an education program on how to satisfy a woman, that seems harder to achieve than the reverse.
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by ifyalways(f): 2:59pm On Mar 29, 2012
BlackPikiN: ^^^Your tori sweet
Helllllo stranger.Have you found your "orobo" missing rib?

Anyhoos,i await your own version of the Tiv testimony.First hand experience.Don't
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by ifyalways(f): 3:33pm On Mar 29, 2012
Rabzy,i think we are digressing.Folks like born2fuck who have always boasted of seen and done it all might be able to chip in a word or two in respect to this my 'bogus claims'

I think aside genes and tutorials at an early age,Tiv's and indeed most middle belt female have access to native herbs which they use to make the down below more pleasant and tighter or whatever.

Now,help the OP,tell us what u think about Tiv people.
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by rabzy: 2:13pm On Mar 30, 2012
Okay no sweat ma sister,

i have only been to Makurdi once, i met quite a number of them. I think they are friendly and have a serene way of way. They are very good farmers, the kind of fruits i saw there in terms of size and abundance i don't think i have seen it anywhere else. Then i know Yam is like garri there, they've massive yams.
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by lepasharon(f): 6:35pm On Mar 30, 2012
those guys that sang kerewa are tiv undecided
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by HisMajesty1(m): 10:16pm On Mar 30, 2012
^^^ one of the kerewa guys is an Igala by tribe, na the oda be Tiv
@topic, Tiv people are good farmers, they gat food in abundance, they shack local booze alot, if u visit a Tiv man and stay overnite, he culd give you his wife for the nite, their men womanize alot( my personal observation) and their traditional attire is popular black wit white straps.
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by kieryn(f): 12:25am On Apr 07, 2012
Is it pronounce T V or Teev?
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by rabzy: 12:17pm On Apr 10, 2012
It is pronounced tee - ve.
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by Afanna1: 4:52pm On Apr 13, 2012
Tiv are an ethno-linguistic group or ethnic nation in South Africa. They constitute approximately 3.5% of Nigeria's total population, and number over 6 million individuals throughout Nigeria and Cameroon. The Tiv are the 4th largest ethnic group in Nigeria. Tiv language is spoken by about 7 million people in Nigeria, with a few speakers in Cameroon. Most of the language's Nigerian speakers are found in Benue State of Nigeria. The language is also widely spoken in the Nigerian States of Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa,cross rivers as well as the FCT Abuja. It is part of the Southern Bantoid Tivoid family, a branch of Benue-Congo and ultimately of the Niger-Congo phylum. In precolonial times, the Hausa ethnic group referred to the Tiv 'Munchi' a term not accepted by Tiv people. They depend on agricultural produce for commerce and life.


The Tiv came into contact with European culture during the colonial period. During November 1907 to spring 1908, an expedition of the Southern Nigeria Regiment led by Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Trenchard's came into contact with the Tiv. Trenchard brought gifts for the tribal chiefs. Subsequently, roads were built and trade links established between Europeans and the Tiv.[2]

[edit] Social and Political Organization

Most Tiv have a highly developed sense of genealogy, with descent being reckoned patrilineally. Ancestry is traced to an ancient individual named Tiv, who had two sons; all Tiv consider themselves a member either of Ichongo (descendants of son Chongo) or of Ipusu (descendants of son pusu). Ichongo and Ipusu are each divided into several major branches, which in turn are divided into smaller branches. The smallest branch, or minimal lineage, is the "ipaven". Members of an ipaven tend to live together, the local kin-based community being called the "tar". This form of social organization, called a segmentary lineage, is seen in various parts of the world, but it is particularly well known from African societies (Middleton and Tait 1958). The Tiv are the best known example from West Africa, as documented by Laura Bohannan (1952) and by Paul and Laura Bohannan (1953); in East Africa the best known example is the Nuer, documented by E.E. Evans-Pritchard (1940).

The Tiv had no administrative divisions and no chiefs or councils. Leadership was based on age, influence, and affluence. The leaders' functions were to furnish safe conduct, arbitrate disputes within their lineages, sit on moots, and lead their people in all external and internal affairs.

The Tiv ethnic group is the fourth largest Ethnic group in Nigeria after the three Major Ethnic groups.

These socio-political arrangements caused great frustration to British colonial attempts to subjugate the population and establish administration on the lower Benue. The strategy of Indirect Rule, which the British felt to be highly successful in controlling Hausa and Fulani populations in Northern Nigeria, was ineffective in a segmentary society like the Tiv (Dorward 1969). Colonial officers tried various approaches to administration, such as putting the Tiv under the control of the nearby Jukun, and trying to exert control through the councils of elders ("Jir Tamen"wink; these met with little success. The British administration in 1934 divided the Tiv into Clans, Kindreds, and Family Groups. The British appointed native heads of these divisions as well. These administrative divisions are gradually assuming a reality which they never had originally.

Members of the Tiv group are found in many areas across the globe, such as the United States and United Kingdom. In these countries they hold unions, known as MUT (Mzough U Tiv, which rhymes with Mutual Union of Tiv in English), where members can assemble and discuss issues concerning their people across the world, but especially back in Nigeria. The arm of the MUT serving the United States of America is known as MUTA (Mzough U Tiv ken Amerika, or Mutual Union of the Tiv in America), for instance.

Before the introduction of printed material, radio, film and television, mass communication in Nigeria was done through the indigenous people with the use of traditional political systems of communication. The rulers and the chiefs governed their ethnic communities and communicated with them through various channels.

[edit] Tiv Music and Communication

Locally made musical instruments were traditionally used for political and ceremonial communication. The key instruments follow/

[edit] Kakaki

This is an instrument used to convey specials messages to the people of the community, such messages as the newborn child of the King, his naming ceremony, the crowning of a new king, to gather people together during the marriage ceremony of the king and the king’s son’s marriage ceremony. This instrument was used to convey all the messages to the people to assemble at the square for the ceremony, as well as when there is an enemy attack on the community, a warning sound of the Kakaki is blown to alert those whom can defend the society and every citizen to be alert.

[edit] Ilyu

A light wooden instrument, it was used to pass messages to the people of the village, probably for the invitation of the people for a particular meeting of the elders at the king’s palace or for the people to gather at the market square for a message from or by the is now used as an instrument to indicate the death of someone.

[edit] Indyer

A heavy wooden instrument carved out of mahogany trunk. It is used especially during festivals of masquerades, yam festivals with music to pass messages for the ceremonies, celebration of good harvest for the year.

[edit] Akya

It is used together with Agbande (drums) combined with Ageda at festivals to pass a message across to the people for a call for the display of culture.

[edit] Adiguve

It’s an instrument like a violin, used for music and dances in conjunction with Agbande (Agbande) at festivals and dance occasions, sometimes to announce the death of a leader or an elder of the community, during this period it is played sorrowfully for the mourning of the dead, most time it is played funerals.

[edit] Gbande

Agbande (plural), a set of crafted wooden musical instrument used to compliment agbande at festivals, this is particularly large and it is played by the young men of the community, the special drum beats communicates special messages and music for the festivals to come and during the festivals, for instance, signifies a royal occasions such as the coronation and funeral.

[edit] Ortindin (Ortyom)-Messenger

Usually he is chosen by the elders of the community to do errands for the elders and the leader of the community. He is sent out to the heads of the neighbouring families for a crucial meeting at the head of all the leaders of the community.

[edit] Kolugh ku Bua-Cow Horn

This is an instrument made out of cow horns, like in my community, there are farmers' associations that use this instrument when they have job to do, probably they are invite to make ridges on a piece of land, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association will use this medium to wake up the members for the work they have for that day.

Indigenous communication is not only vertical, from the rulers to the subjects, it is also horizontal. Individuals communicate with society through physical and metaphysical means. A farm owner, for example, may mount a charm conspicuously on his farm in order to stress private ownership and to scare off human intruders.

The fear of herbalists and witches influences social behaviour considerably.

Rainmakers communicate their power to disrupt events through various psychological means. Village sectors in Africa communicate mostly via the market-place of ideas contributed by traditional religion, observances, divination, mythology, age-grades, the chiefs courts, the elder's square, secret and title societies, the village market square, the village drum(gbande) men, indeed the total experiences of the villager in his environment.

Unlike the mass media, access to the native media is culturally determined and not economic. Only the selected group of young men or the elders can disseminate information generally. The young only disseminate general information about events and the social welfare of their communities using the media mentioned above.

The Tiv people of Benue state still practise some of this traditional system of communication, using the KAKAIS, AGBANDE, INDYER, ADIGUVE and ILYU etc., nevertheless the increase in the western world media is threatening the cultural communication system.

Many of the communities in Benue state still use these instruments to convey messages to the people of their community, and it is helping a great deal, since there is a language barrier to the people with the introduction of the western world means of communication, using the western language (English) to convey information
Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by Afanna1: 4:58pm On Apr 13, 2012
Tiv culture in picture.

Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by Afanna1: 5:06pm On Apr 13, 2012
Ayatutu Ka Uno? Ka Se!

The Tiv people from the middle-belt region of Nigeria in West Africa can be found along Latitude 6 degrees 30 minutes to 8 degrees North and Longitude 8 degrees to 10 degrees East of the equator. The Tiv people are said to have originated from south-central Africa, with over 20 generations recorded from Tiv himself to the present. Although time has obscured the exact dates of the landmarks that make Tiv history, colonial historians made efforts to tally times with significant events that make the history of a nation factual. For example, evangelists have revealed that the migration of Tiv from the southern part of Central Africa began around 1800. By 1850 Tiv descendants were seen in large numbers in the south of what we now know as River Benue.

The Tiv people are in every country of the world, but mainly in Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa and Plateau State in Nigeria, West Africa. The Tiv, who are mostly agrarian farmers numbered more than 2,2m in the 1991 census. Their language is also Tiv and, even though the states mentioned above are ruled by political state governors, their paramount ruler is the Tor Tiv.

Tiv are speakers of a “Bantu related language”. Their early history is covered by three theories of origin. These are the Creation, Bantu and Family theories of origin. The outline of the Tiv Creation theory attributes the creation of the world (tar) to God (Aondo). In Tiv mythology, Aondo (God) had created the world and settled closer to it until He was hit with a pestle by a woman who was pounding food. In response, He moved into the skies (kwav Aondo), which are his present abode. Though there are different versions of the creation theory, and there does not seem to be any particular sequence in the creation process, in at least, one version, Takuruku rather than Aondo is argued to have been responsible for creation. In all the versions however, Swem is identified as the “place” of “creation”.

Language Classification:

Tiv language is classified under the the Tiv-Bantu (sub-group) of the Bantoid branch of the Benue-Congo subdivision of Niger-Congo.

Tiv Administration:

'The local community, called a ‘tar’, "is a patri-local clan community, typically a localized patri-lineage, composed of closely related patri-families. The community (tar) is typically equated with a minimal lineage (ipaven)." (Murdock 1958: cool Each community is a neighbourhood of compounds, and each compound contains an extended family. The compounds are scattered over the countryside. In modern politics and administration, the Tiv are headed by a Tor-Tiv with lower Chiefs in a sequence of hierarchies across the entire Tivland. Tthe current Tor-Tiv is Orchiviligh (HRH) Alfred Akawe Torkula

Tiv Major Occupation:

Agriculture (subsistence farming) with yams, sorghum, and bulrush millet as major crops and sweet potatoes, taro, manioc, peanuts, maize, and earth peas, along with the garden crops of squash, beans, okra, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Recently introduced cash crops are sesame, rice, and soy beans. Goats, sheep, and chickens are numerous.

Tiv Marriage System:

Ya Ngyor (exchange of sisters) was abolished in 1927 and replaced by Kem (substantial or cumulative bride-price); although elopement still exists it happens but rarely.

Tiv Beliefs:

Major religion is Christianity (mainly Catholic and NKST) together with widespread belief in, and practice of, the archaic traditional religions of Akombo, Azov and Tsav.

Re: I Want Know About Tiv Culture by Terry1(m): 11:56pm On Dec 21, 2014
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