The Effect of Christian Religious Education on Traditional Marriage Customs Among the Tiv, Central Nigeria


  • Ushe Mike Ushe


Traditional Marriage, Christian Religious Education and Nigeria


Marriage over the years has served as the institution of social value and a symbol of maturity in the society. This was the case up to the eve of the coming of Christianity and western education. The situation however, changed after Christianity and western education took firm roots on African soil, leading to the erosion of Tiv traditional marriage in contemporary times. The introduction of monogamy (western form of marriage) has infiltrated Tiv traditional system of marriage to the extent that it now finds expression through elements proper to Tiv culture, transforming or remaking it to bring about a


A.I. Ahmadu. Education and Nationalism in Nigeria: A Religious Perspective Jos Bulletin of Religion, Vol.3, No.1; PP. 7-9, 1996.

U. Akor. Oral Interview, Held at Koti Shangev-Ya, 60 years, 16th August, 2003.

D. Ayonkaa, Oral Interview, Held at Tse Abagi, 70 Years old, 15th September, 2003.

T.K. Baka. Tiv God Talk. Aondoshonology: A prolegomenon. Unpublished M.A. Thesis, Spiritan School of Theology, Attakwu, Enugu, 1991, PP. 101-106.

B. Chidi. A Professional Hand Book on Marriage Course; Onitsha, Mid-Field Publishers Ltd, 1992, PP. 48-50.

A. Chihi. Oral Interview, Head at Mbaduku, 56 Years old, 12th January, 2000.

Deuteronomy 25:5-6 (RVS).

U.H.D. Danfulani Umar,

R.M. Downes. Tiv Religion. Ibadan: University Press, 1971, PP. 73-82.

D. Faasema. Oral Interview, Held at Mbaduku,Benue State, 52 Years Old, 14th March, 2002.

J.S. Farrant. Principles and practice of education, London: Longmans, 1964, PP. 34-39.

G.O. Ikome. Igala Customary Marriage and Church Law: Towards Evangelizing the Igala People. Unpublished B.STH Project, St. Augustine

A.L. Lennap, P.N. and Kazi.

T. Makar. A Synopsis of the History of Tiv People, Makurdi, State Press, 1975, PP. 28.

S.J. Moti, and S.F. Wegh. Encounter of Tiv Religious and Christianity, Enugu, Snaap Press Ltd, 2001, PP. 83-88.

B. Nor. Oral Interview, Held at Shangev-Ya, 65 Years Old, 4th April, 2004.

P.J. Paul.

E. Rubingh. Sons of Tiv A Study of the Rise of the Church among the Tiv of Central Nigeria, Michingan: Bakar Book House, 1969, PP. 83-93.

C. Suemo.

D. Ubwa. Oral Interview, Held at Mbaduku, 60 Years Old, 29th April, 1980.

M.N. Ushe. The Effect of Western Education on Tiv Burial Rites, Post-Graduate Project, University of Jos, 2006, PP. 24-27.

M.N. Ushe. Kpor of Tiv Culture, Enugu, San Press, 2007, PP. 27-30.

M.N. Ushe. Between Continuity and Change: A Comparism of Tiv and Christian Concept of Death and Burial Rites, Ph.D Thesis, University of Jos, 2005, PP. 120-125.

S.F. Wegh. Marriage, Family and the Church in Tiv land, Makurdi, Dekon Computers, 1994, PP. 28-46.

D.V. Yuhe. the Encounter of Tiv Religion and Moral Values with Catholicism in the Time of Secularization, Roma. Pontificie Universia Gregoriana, 1978, P2.




How to Cite

Ushe, U. M. (2015). The Effect of Christian Religious Education on Traditional Marriage Customs Among the Tiv, Central Nigeria. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research (IJSBAR), 19(2), 149–161. Retrieved from