Kwande Zone

Kwande zone has two local government areas, viz Kwande and Ushongo.
Kwande have Barakuv and Barazov. The upper Kwande LG comprise Turan, Ikurav-Ya, Shangev-Ya and Nanev, and is known as Barakuv. Barazov is the lower Kwande and it comprises Ushongo LGA which have Ukan and Utange.


Kwande has a mixture of both Ichongo and Ipusu which include Ikyurav, Turan (Kwande) while Kparev (Kwande) and Kparev (Ushongo) are Ipusu.
Chief Ambrose Iyortyer is Tor Kwande.

Kwande Zone produced the first Executive Governor of Benue State, Mr. Aper Aku from Ushongo, who ruled from 1st October 1979 to 31st December 1983.

On 20th December 2016, Kwande zone produced the fifth Tor-Tiv, Prof. James O.I. Ayatse, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture and Federal University, Dutsin-Ma. He is from the Shangev-Ya clan of Ipusu. He was coronated on Saturday, 4th March 2017.

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Tiv Markets & Events

  • Ikpayonge Market Day Mon, 23rd September 2019 at 12:00 am – 4:20 pm Makurdi-Aliade Road, Gwer-East LGA, Benue State, Nigeria Ikpayonge Market is located along the Makurdi-Enugu Road, before Aliade in Gwer-East LGA. The market holds every four days
  • Abian Market Day Mon, 23rd September 2019 at 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Gwer-West LGA, Benue State, Nigeria
  • Ayilamo Market Day Mon, 23rd September 2019 at 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Benue State, Nigeria

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