Venita apologises to Tiv tribe over controversial comment

Big Brother Naija star, Venita Akpofure has apologised to the Tiv nation over her distasteful remarks about the culture of the tribe.

She had said during a chat in the BBNaija All Stars house that “Tiv men give their wives to visitors for entertainment purposes.”

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Her assertion sparked outrage among the Tiv people of North Central, Nigeria, with many calling for legal action against her.

In an interview with media personality, Hero Daniels after her eviction from BBNaija All Stars, the mother of two said she regrets her “careless” comment especially as her daughters are Tiv.

Venita said; “The statement I made about Tiv people got twisted a bit. My daughters are actually Tiv. There’s no way I will be trying to make any kind of malicious or slanderous comment towards their people.

“Actually, in my season we did a whole play around the Tor Tiv coronation which I participated in and was super excited about.

“So, you know, sometimes you will say something maybe it is a little bit carelessly. And I think it got really misconstrued. And for those that are offended by it, I’m regretful about that.”

Earlier, a House of Representatives member, Hon. Dickson Tarkighir had threatened to sue Venita and the organisers for her comment.

The lawmaker representing Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency of Benue State intended to proceed with a N10 billion lawsuit.

He said the actress and organisers of the reality show should be sued for giving her “the mega platform to defame the Tiv people”.