Tor Tiv (King) Begha u Tiv Professor James Ayatse Tor Tiv V of Tiv people of Nigeria and Cameroon

HM Tor Tiv (King) Begha u Tiv (Lion of Tiv people ) Professor James Ayatse Tor Tiv V is the. Reigning traditional monarch of the Tiv people of Nigeria and Cameroon

The Tiv people are an ethnic group considered 4th largest in Nigeria with around 15 million people. They have a traditional monarchy created during the colonial period for easy governance. The kings title is Tor Tiv or Begha u Tiv which means Lion of the Tiv people. Tiv people are famous for their traditional dress called Anger which is a reminder of the Zebra animal they used to hunt and use.

Crowned in 2017 to succeed the late King, he is a symbol of unity over the Tiv people who are around 15 million in Nigeria and a small number in Cameroon. He also serves as a the chairman of the Benue state Council of traditional obas /kings.

The  King is famously known as professor James Ayatse due to his academic accomplishments as a professor of biochemistry and a vice chancellor of two universities. He broke the records of previous Tiv kings and could be the most academic accomplished King in both Nigeria and Africa

He is married to another academician Queen Felicia Ayatse with five children.

He resides in Tor Tiv palace built by the Benue state government

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