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Benue Gov’s Wife Eunice Ortom wants Tiv Monarch to Reduce Bride-price so Young Men can Marry “when due”



Eunice Ortom

Wife of the Benue Governor, Eunice Ortom, has appealed to Tor Tiv-elect, Prof. James Ayatse, to review bride-prices in Tiv land, to enable young men get married “when due”.

Ortom made the appeal on Tuesday, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Tor Tiv-elect in Makurdi.

She decried the high demands made on young men seeking to marry Tiv daughters, and described the situation as “very discouraging”.

“Such high demands discourage many bachelors from even attempting to get married; the result is that many young girls cannot find husbands,” she said.

The governor’s wife argued that such exorbitant charges were not part of Tiv culture.

“Such charges are imported; our traditional rulers should discard them,” she said.

While noting that bride-price payment was sacrosanct in every marriage, she cautioned parents against selling their daughters “especially since the relationship between in-laws remains, long after such marriage rites”.

She regretted that many young men preferred to elope with their loved ones owing to such huge monetary demands, and stressed the need to make the process affordable so as to restore the sanctity of the marriage institution.

Ortom pledged her support to the new monarch, saying that his emergence was an act of God that would bring unity to the Tiv nation.

Responding, the traditional ruler promised to work toward a united Tiv nation, and promised to be truthful, transparent and promote the fear of God at all times.

He also promised to uphold valuable cultural practises and repeal negative ones.

Ayatse decried the politics of rancour and acrimony in Tiv land, and promised to reconcile Tiv sons and daughters toward building a united front.



    February 22, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Way to go First Lady of Benue State.

  2. john

    February 22, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    this should also apply to IMO state..their bride price is too much..if they discover you have a good job etc..ur done for..u go fear list of items even for thier deas ancestors no wonder most men ran away from that place

  3. NaijaPikin

    February 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    So of all the things she could ask the Tor-Tiv to address during his tenure, it is bride price. What kind of clueless first lady is this. If you had nothing better to say, why didn’t you just chill in your house.

    People will be acting like this bride price is a legal binding matter. If a family likes they will not collect any bride price, and marriage will still go on. There is no law forcing anyone to pay any amount, or forcing anyone to collect any amount.

    Please 1st lady go and find something to occupy your time. If you are bored or clueless, go and join the 1st lady of Kebbi in changing lives of cancer patients.

    • fleur

      February 23, 2017 at 4:39 am

      “Tank u” biko. What kind of retardation and acute myopic vision is attacking people with microphone and power these days? Why not raise the income of people and then they can pay bride price. Bride price is the tip of the iceberg. Who will feed the tata? What about rent? Living expenses nko? Oh please.

  4. Obe

    February 22, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    At of all the issues affecting women in Tiv, bride price is what she can pick on…………Madam First Lady pls have a seat

  5. Tee

    February 23, 2017 at 1:04 am

    May God bless you for this comment. Like is this auntie for real? Of all issues it’s bride price she’s campaigning for. Because marriage is food abi? Marriage will see your statesmen and women through this recession. Marriage will provide affordable healthcare for all ?#misplaced agenda

  6. funmilola

    February 23, 2017 at 1:23 am

    this is what is trending in NAIJA now abi, leaving the important issues that concerns the citizens and pursuing irrelevant issues.
    are the bachelors complaining?
    misplaced priorities

  7. Idomagirl

    February 23, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Tell your husband to pay salaries & pensions and think of ways to lift the multitude out of poverty in Benue instead of chasing shadows.

  8. these girls are dumb

    February 23, 2017 at 9:26 am

    These girls above are dumb….

    isnt it a valid one? If she cant deliver them from poverty, at least she can do the little she can.

    @fleur? your family is waiting for bride price…from the man…Your own is done! You mean if no man comes, your family will wallow and die in poverty?

    Are you all not feminist? if there is equality, bride price should be erased completely or groom price be introduced. HE PAYS BRIDE PRICE, YOU PAY GROOM PRICE. The same way they took care of you is the same way they spent on him too.

    Yall go sit somewhere

  9. parodi

    February 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    If he can’t afford bride price he has no business being married. The bills only get bigger. Family grows, medical bills, school fees, upkeep. If she wants to assist let her help them feed themselves and their future families by the work of their hands.

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