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Chieftaincy and Politics

The Tor Tiv in the Politics and Administration of Tivland


Mvendaga Jibo

The Chieftaincy institution in the Tiv context has been analysed to establish its dynamic qualities. In its interaction with the modern state since the colonial era, it has been established that the institution has undergone tremendous changes – losing authority but still retaining relevance for the Tiv masses and elite who, before the colonial advent, had no chieftaincy. The large issue of the role of traditional authorities in a modern democratic state has been examined from a comparative perspective.
Contents: Chieftaincy Politics: The Tor Tiv and the impact of partisan politics – Military rule – Elite and democracy on its role in the transformation of Tivland, Nigeria.