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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/518

Issue Date: Jun-2019
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Abstract: With the changing trends in modern society, secularism has altered the behaviour of man in the area of works, dressing, eating habit, rest, interaction, pleasure and marriage. This paradigm shift has necessitated a change in societal values as well. In Tiv religious culture, shagba, a term that connotes kindness, love, generousity and hospitality which was cherished among the Tiv has been altered. Shagba was practiced among the Tiv by way of assisting the less privileged with food, shelter, marriage, receiving and feeding visitors, inviting people for ceremonies such as amar (dance) where friendship was contracted and communal labour carried out. Shagba was a sine qua non in entrenching the values of unity and sense of belonging among the Tiv people. This research evaluates the role of Shagba in Tiv religion and culture. The descriptive and analytic method of data collection was adopted. The objective is to trace the origin of Shagba and show how it was practised in Tiv religion and culture. The research employs primary and secondary sources of data collection. Primary data was obtained through oral interviews using ten (10) open-ended questions. Secondary data was collected from books, journals, magazines, internet sources among others. The data collected were analysed and interpreted using the descriptive method. The study found that the practice of Shagba among the traditional Tiv society brought unity and development; however, the advent of modernisation led to a change in the core religious and cultural values of the Tiv, shagba (nobility) inclusive. The work benefited the Tiv people of Central Nigeria especially those in the 215t century as it provides sufficient reasons for the understanding and preservation of this cultural practice and value. The work recommended that emphasis should be on the communal way of life of the Tiv which de-emphasised individualism and self-centeredness and a renewed interest in seeking to revive Tiv traditional practice of shagba which seems to be weakening in the wake of modernity. The work concluded, therefore, that though modernisation has brought a change in the role of shagba in Tiv religion and culture, the practice of shagba has not been discarded completely and it will bring about unity and development in Tivland
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/518
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