Venita Akpofure, the evicted Big Brother Naija All Stars housemate, has issued an apology to the Tiv people over her controversial comment about their culture. Venita had stirred controversy on the reality show when she remarked that “Tiv men give their wives to visitors for entertainment purposes.”
Recall that in response to her comment, the apex Tiv socio-cultural organization, Mdzough U Tiv, Lagos State Branch, and Hon. Dickson Tarkighir, the representative for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency of Benue State in the House of Representatives, had threatened legal action against Venita.
In a post-eviction interview with media personality, Hero Daniels, the mother of two said she regrets her “careless” comment especially as her daughters are Tiv.
She 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.”