Urhobo Traditional Perspectives on Conflict Management and Peace-Building: a Model for Conflict Resolution in Nigeria

Samson Ikunvw?ari?gbe Emusi
Keywords: Conflict, Conflict Management, Peace, Urhobo.
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2020 6(1/2), 93-97. Published: June 19, 2022


This paper explores the traditional models of conflict resolution in Urhobo society. The objective is to present these as adaptable and better alternatives to the contemporary models of conflict management in Nigeria. The identified levels of conflict management in Urhobo are Family Peace Talk – ‘Ota r? Orua’, Quarter Peace Talk – ‘Ota r? Uduvwo’, Community Peace Talk – ‘Ota r? Orere’, and Clan Peace Talk – ‘Ota r? ?kuot?’. The researcher further noted the various truth-eliciting cults such as ‘?gwan r? esem?’ (ancestral cult) and ‘iyori eduvwo’ (cult of the deities). The paper strongly advocates the adaptation of these traditional conflict management methods to enhance conflict resolution in Nigeria.