Tivland is blessed with so much to see and do, but you have to know where to go to find all the hidden gems in Tivland. Here are just a few resources to guide you to the schools, churches a hospitals, Famous local markets and attractions around Tivland. Here is the official website of the government of Benue State.
Benue State is one of the Middle Belt states in Nigeria with a population of about 4,253,641 in 2006 census. It is inhabited predominantly by the Tiv, Idoma and Igede peoples, who speak Tiv, Idoma, and Igede languages respectively.
Benue State University
Benue State university is our state own University located along Gboko road in Makurdi, Benue State. Founded in 1992 by Moses Adasu it boast of a student body of over 30,000 students. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs with a catalog of over 50 graduate programs across seven colleges. Follow the link to learn more from their website. http://portal.bsum.edu.ng/
University of Agriculture
This university was established in 1988, following the recommendations of a 1987 federal government White Paper on Higher Education curriculum and development in Nigeria. It is also located in the state Capital in Makurdi. Follow the link to learn more from their website http://uam.edu.ng/
University of Mkar
The University of Mkar is a private Christian institution established by the Universal Reformed Christian Church (URCC) or (NKST)to make a mark in the educational landscape of the nation. It is located Mkar, Benue State. You can follow the link to learn more about them http://www.ummportal.net
Listen to the Tiv bible HERE
The two largest Tiv-speaking churches in Tivland to date are the URCC formally call N.K.S.T (Adua u Ortese) and the Roman Catholic church (Adua u fada). These two churches have withstood the test of time and change. Expanding through Tivland, building hospitals, schools and Orphanages. Ofcourse there are many other churches and denominations through out Tivland and a we have provided a link to some of their websites if you would like to find out more about them.
URCC (N.K.S.T) currently has it's headquaters in Mkar, Benue State. Mkar is home to one of the oldest URCC church buildings. If you are ever in Benue State and want to do some sight seeing drive up to the Church, it still stands tall and beautiful as ever with church bell and all. And if you visit on a Sunday morning you can join in on Tiv worship. For more information about the church you can visit their website at http://www.nkstonline.org/
The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has many parishs through out the state. To find out more about the Roman Catholic church you can visit their website at http://makurdidiocese.com
Listen to Tiv Catholic Songs online: Click here
One of the oldest church building in Tivland
Here is a list of other churches in no particular order, that also have a strong presence in and around Tivland. You can click on the name of the church for more information.
Christ Apostolic Church
These days many hospitals can be found in and around Tivland. There are many private hospitals as well as hospitals that are owned by churches, by the government and other large bodies such as the University Teaching Hospital, but I will only be featuring three on this page.
Benue State University Teaching Hospital
Address: Makurdi-Gboko Rd, Walmayo, Nigeria
Phone: +234 708 954 7856
Federal Medical Centre
Address: Abubakar Atiku Road, Township, Makurdi, Nigeria
Open today · Open 24 hours
Eid al-Fitr might affect these hours
Phone: +234 803 912 6371
GENERAL HOSPITAL, GBOKO., BENUE STATE
Address: Hospital Road Gboko, Benue State Nigeria
The Zaki Biam Yam is said to be the biggest African Yam market in Africa. It first opened in the early 60's at the Main Zaki Biam market site. However the market moved to the permanent site in 1981 and has been operating there for the past 34 plus years.
The main Market in Zaki-Biam opens every Saturday, but the International yam market is open everyday with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being the busiest days of operation.
On average, Thirty (30) to Fifty (50)Lorries leave the market on a daily basis supplying yams all over the country and abroad. Each lorry is loaded with 10-11 thousand tubers of large yams per lorry and up to 30 thousand tubers of the smaller yams. WOW! That's an average of 1 million yams in a day!
Check out this great video about the yam market.
Tivland has a tropical subhumid climate, with two distinct seasons which are wet season and dry season. The wet season lasts for seven months is between April and October, while the dry season comes between November and March. Temperatures are generally very high during the day, particularly in March and April.
Along the river valleys, these high temperatures plus high relative humidities produce inclement/debilitating weather conditions. Makurdi, the state capital, for example, records average maximum and minimum daily temperatures of 35°C and 21°C in summer and 37°C and 16°C in winter, respectively.
Here are some top travel destinations in Tivland:
Developed into a ranch by the military government of Aper Aku in 1983, the Ikyogen hills is a large expanse of sprawling hills which present a fascinating sight to all visitors to the area. The refreshing weather condition of the hills sustains the green vegetation all the year round.
The Dajo Pottery is a privately-owned pottery which has made thousands of unique potteries for local and international tourists who fancy owning fascinating pottery. The pots come in various sizes and designs and made under various conditions to preserve its uniqueness and peculiarity wherever the local work of art is taken to in the world.
Located in Kwande local government area on Nigerian-Cameroon border and stretches adjoining the Obudu-Cameroon range, this place features temperate climate and beautiful scenery of forests, dissected hills, dozens of fast flowing streams and incised valleys. It is a beautiful place for camping, sight viewing and picnicking.
Have you ever wanted to see the rare African manatee? Then the Katsina-Ala is the place to head out to. The African manatee is a rare herbivorous mammals found in their natural environment close to the Katsina-Ala river. Here you can see the Manatee in their natural habitat. It is a sight to behold for tourists and groups of visitors, and the animals responses to the presence of people is something to be see or experienced.
The Tor Tiv palace is located in Gboko, and is the official residence of the Tiv people. The palace is rich in historical artifacts and it tells the story and history of the Tiv people. You can also learn a lot about the past ways of the earlier settlers in the area and gain insight into the cultural and traditional way of the native folks, including past wars and kings of the people.
The Ushongo hills is a mountainous belt that is both refreshing to the eyes and the body. The hilly mountains spread as far as the eye can see, and it can be used for hiking, climbing, local movies, picnics, and educational activities. The climate of this area makes it a delight among the local folks and a pride of the community.
Tiv Anger weavers aremostly found in Kwande local government area of Tivland. Here you can see weavers who are gifted in the natural and local art of weaving. You can see them at work when you visit or schedule an excursion for local students to know the crafts of the ancient people. Watching the weavers deal skillfully with baskets and fish-traps and other woven crafts is something that stays with tourists long after they had left Tivland.
Swem Hills not to be confused with the deity or symbol of religious importance "Swem" which some of the Tiv swear by. The Swem Hills are located in Kwande LGA on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, at the source of Katsina-Ala River in south-Western Cameroon. The hills are valued for their historical linkages and are believed to be the place of origin of the Tiv people. In actual size it is no larger than the neighbouring hills , but it is formed of one huge piece of rock. It is not wooded like other hills and little is to be seen growing on it. On top is a great round boulder, and all the vegetation there grows on the rock beneath. From a distance it looks like the tuft of hair on the crown of a man’s head.
The tomb of the first missionaries in Tivland is located at Harga and Sai in Katsina-ala LGA. The Gospel was first proclaimed to the Tiv in 1911 by missionaries from the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa who died and were buried there.
This border stretches adjoining the Obudu-Cameroon range features not only quasi temperate climate but also beautiful scenery of forests, dissected hills, dykes, dozens of fast flowing streams and incised valleys. It is a beautiful place for camping, sight viewing and picnicking. It is located in Kwande local government area.
Tiv people hold in high esteem the virtue of: welcoming strangers, protecting visitors (u eren a mba van nya dedoo), feeding the hungry (u naan mba ijen i ker ve kwaghyan), housing the homeless (u taren ior ikyar ki yaven), among others. If you decide to visit it would be advised to find a host family to stay with in order to experience the full hospitality of this wonder tribe of people. However do not worry if you are unable to find a host family, there are over 200 hotels in around the State and even more restaurants and small eating joints with delicious authentic Tiv cuisine in most towns.
The population of the Tiv people resident in Benue State are spread over fourteen (14) Local Government Areas, and in Zone A and B.
Zone A comprises of:
Zone ‘B’ is made up of:
Nationally, the Tiv people in Nigeria who are indigenous to Benue neighboring States of Plateau, Nasarawa to the North, and Taraba to the North-East share the same cultural heritage with the Tiv people of Benue State.