Venita Akpofure, an expelled Big Brother Naija All Stars housemate, has expressed her regret to the Tiv people for her divisive remark regarding their way of life.
Recalls how Venita caused a stir on the reality show when she claimed that “Tiv men give their wives to visitors for entertainment purposes.”
Venita had been threatened with legal action by the leading Tiv socio-cultural organizations, Mdzough U Tiv, Lagos State Branch, and Hon. Dickson Tarkighir, who represents Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency in Benue State in the House of Representatives.
The mother of two expressed regret for her “careless” remark, particularly given that both of her kids are Tiv, in a post-eviction interview with media personality Hero Daniels.
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 careless. And I think it got really misconstrued. And for those that are offended by it, I’m regretful about that.”