His Royal Majesty, Begha u Tiv, Orcivirigh Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse V

Orchivirigh Akperan Orshi, Tor Tiv III (1979 to 1990)

His Royal Majesty, Orchivirigh Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV (1990 to 2016)

The Tor Tiv

His Royal  Highnesses Orchivirigh Makir Zakpe, Tor Tiv I (1946 to 1956)

Orchivirigh Gondo Aluor, Tor Tiv II (1956 to 1978)

 The Tiv had always been extremely decentralized with no single ruler. Leadership was based on age, influence and affluence. When the British came to Nigeria they divided the Tiv into Clans, Kindreds, and Family Groups in 1934. The British appointed native heads of these divisions as well. They then created the office of Tor Tiv  in 1947, appointing Makere Dzakpe as the first holder of this title, in order to have a "traditional ruler" to speak for the Tiv people.


These are the names of the Tor Tiv's so far.  His Royal  Highnesses Orchivirigh Makir Zakpe, Tor Tiv I (1946 to 1956), Orchivirigh Gondo Aluor, Tor Tiv II (1956 to 1978), Orchivirigh Akperan Orshi, Tor Tiv III (1979 to 1990),  His Royal Majesty, Orchivirigh Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV (1990 to 2016) and His Royal Majesty, Begha u Tiv, Orcivirigh Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse V (Present Day Pictured Above)


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.