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TIV and IGBO Conflict Management Mechanisms: A Comparative Study

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  • 1Centre for Conflict and Gender Studies (CCGS), Port Harcourt

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (7), Pages 22-29, July,14 (2016)


The paper did a comparative study of the Tiv and the Igbo traditional conflict management mechanisms. The Tiv and Igbo ethnic groups are in the North central and Southeastern geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Both the Tiv and the Igbo suffered a lot during colonialism as many of their able bodied men and women were sold into slavery. Both were mainly agriculturists and their lands were taken away from them and also monetized. They both had similar traditional mechanisms of resolving conflicts which the colonial masters one way or the other destroyed or made ineffective during their colonial rules. Both the Tiv and the Igbo ethnic groups had no central traditional rulers unlike the Hauses, Yorubas and the Benin kingdom. The study examined the traditional mechanisms of resolving conflict in Tiv and Igbo ethnic groups and did a comparative study of the two and also looked at the effectiveness of the methods in resolving today’s conflicts. The study is a historical, narrative and purely qualitative study. Conclusion was made and some recommendations made for holistic effectiveness of these traditional mechanisms of managing conflicts in these two ethnic groups that have a lot in common.


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