- Tiv Area Traditional Council in Benue state has banned marriage festivities
- The council says such party-like activities are alien to Tiv culture
- It also declares that total expenses on marriage, including dowry or bride price as well as sundry issues, must not exceed N100,000
The practice of holding festivities in the house of a bride's parents during traditional marriages has been banned by the Tiv Area Traditional Council (TATC) in Benue state.
Daily Trust reports that the practice was banned on the ground that such party-like activities are alien to Tiv culture.
NAIJ.com gathers that the council also pegged total expenses on marriage, including dowry or bride price as well as sundry issues, at N100,000 in any part of Tivland.
The council stated this in a communique issued at the end of the general assembly of the Tiv nation held at the TATC chambers on Friday, August 17, and was chaired by the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse.
The communique read: "The practice of holding festivities in the house of the girl’s parents popularly known as traditional marriage involving cutting of cake, dances, parties, should be discontinued as it is alien to the Tiv way of life. Celebration of a new wife is done by the Tiv people only in the husband’s house.
"Love should be the primary issue between the families concerned in marriage discussion and transaction but not money. Therefore, total expenses on marriage including dowry or bride price (kem kwase) and all sundry issues (Azaan a kwase), which at the moment vary from one community or family to another, should not exceed one hundred thousand naira (N100,000.00) in Tivland."
It abolished the practice of inviting large numbers of friends and well-wishers to traditional marriage ceremony where bride price is to be paid. It stated that this occasion shall involve only the elders of the two families concerned.
According to the council, Tiv girl to be given out in marriage must attain the age of 18 years and above. It stated that traditional rulers and elders would boycott traditional marriage that violates the marriage tradition.
The council said that denial of traditional marriage registration, including other traditional sanctions the community may deem appropriate, would be part of consequences of violating the marriage tradition.
According to Ter Makurdi, Chief Joseph Sule Abenga, the change will encourage young men to marry ladies of their choice without much stress and reduce incidences of elopement due to high bride price.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO) in a statement by the president general, Comrade Timothy Hembaor, alleged that there was a plot to assassinate Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state after his tenure as governor in 2019.
Hembaor, who spoke at a news conference in Makurdi on August 7, maintained that the plan was being perfected by ‘Abuja Forces’ “as the next action after the impeachment move (against the governor) seems to have failed.”
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