Terna Tarka, the estranged husband of Big Brother Naija reality show star Venita Akpofure, has debunked his former wife’s controversial statement about Tiv men.
DAILY POST recalls that Venita sparked controversy after asserting on the reality show that “Tiv men give their wives to visitors for entertainment purposes.”
Her ex-husband has now come forward to debunk the claim, asserting that he never subjected her to such practices and emphasised that no Tiv men engage in such acts.
In a video making the rounds on social media, Tarka could be heard saying: “I’m here today to address a very controversial narrative that has been making the rounds all over social media and the news. This is regarding the statement that when Tiv men host their guests, they give their wives out to these guests for pleasure purposes.
“Speaking as a proud Tiv man who was born into one of the most prominent families to come out of the Middle Belt region and the first grandson of Joseph Tarka, I would like to categorically state that in all my years of hosting my guests, even the thought of such a derogatory practice has never crossed my mind. Therefore, such a thing never ever occurred in my marriage.
“Coming from a prominent Tiv family, it’s easy to be the target of the backlash regarding this matter. On the other hand, I’m also well-placed to speak on behalf of all Tiv people when I state clearly that such a practice has never occurred or existed within the Tiv culture or any other Nigerian culture for that matter.
“This issue has been addressed by our paramount ruler, His Royal Highness, Prof. James Ayaste. I can assure you that Tiv men are fiercely protective of wives and daughters. I strongly suggest against trespassing, or you will face the consequences.”
Meanwhile, Venita has since apologised to Tiv people over her “careless” comment.