Venita Akpofure, a former contestant from Big Brother Naija All Stars, who was recently evicted, has issued an apology to the Tiv people for her divisive comments regarding their customs and traditions.
Venita stirred controversy during the reality show when she made a claim suggesting that Tiv men offered their wives to guests as a form of entertainment. This remark led to threats of legal action from the prominent Tiv socio-cultural organization, Mdzough U Tiv, Lagos State Branch, and Hon. Dickson Tarkighir, the representative of Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency in Benue State in the House of Representatives.
In a post-eviction interview with media personality Hero Daniels, Venita expressed remorse for her “careless” statement, especially since her own daughters are of Tiv heritage. She clarified that her comment had been misconstrued and regretfully acknowledged any offense caused: “The statement I made about Tiv people got twisted a bit… Sometimes you may say something a bit carelessly, and I think it gets really misconstrued. And for those who were offended by it, I am regretful about that.”
During the ninth week of the reality show, Venita was evicted, along with Soma and Angel. She received the fewest votes among the bottom three contestants, followed by Soma and Angel, who had the highest number of votes.
Pere and Adekunle, on the other hand, secured spots in the grand finale, joining the ranks of Cee-C, Mercy, Cross, and Ilebaye, with the finale scheduled to take place on Sunday, 1st October.