Tiv Elders Place Ban On Traditional Marriage Festivities And Peg Traditional Marriages Expenses At N100k – The Benue State Tiv Area Traditional Council (TATC) has placed a ban on the practice of holding festivities in the house of a bride’s parents during traditional marriages. They stated that party-like activities are not part of their culture and are now dismissed.
Communicating the decision in a communique issued at the end of the General Assembly (Ijirtamen) of the Tiv nation chaired by the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse and held at the TATC Chambers, it read in part:
“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,”
The Elders also stated that traditional marriage ceremonies where bride price is to be paid should only involve the elders of the two families concerned without inviting a large number of friends.
The council also mentioned that any Tiv girl to be wedded must have attained the age of 18 years and above so as not to violate the marriage tradition, which would attract the boycott by traditional rulers and elders and the denial of traditional marriage registration.