Tiv-elect, James Ayatse, to review bride-prices in Tiv land, to enable
young men get married “when due”.
Mrs. Ortom made the appeal on Tuesday, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Tor Tiv-elect in Makurdi.
“Such high demands discourage many bachelors from even attempting to get
married; the result is that many young girls cannot find husbands,” she
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, she cautioned
parents against selling their daughters “especially since the
relationship between in-laws remains, long after such marriage rites”.
She said she regretted that many young men now 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