In a bid to revive Tiv culture, Ayatutu Family has organized Tiv Cultural Carnival (TCC) 2020.
Chairman of the 2020 Tiv Cultural Carnival, Mr Levi Aondohemba Orhii told newsmen at a press briefing in Makurdi yesterday that the event will feature Prime Magazine, Kumashe U Tiv International/Tor Kwaor U Tiv International (Beauty Pageantry) and prestigious award.
He made it known that the Carnival has been organized with the approval and support of Mzough U Tiv and the Benue State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
“We have observed that that our culture is going into extinction to a level that our youths cannot even speak Tiv language fluently, hence our decision to revive it through this Cultural Carnival”, Orhii stated.
The chairman invited Tiv people who are well versed in the Tiv culture to come to the committee set up to plan this year’s Carnival so that they can add their inputs.
He disclosed that the Carnival will be unveiled on the 1st November, 2020 at Benue Hotels, Makurdi while be from 20th to 24th December, 2020 at JS Tarka Stadium Gboko.
Convener of the 2020 Tiv Cultural Carnival, Chief Henry Damkor said the event will be organized every year in order to revitalize the dying Culture of the Tiv nation and to promote Agriculture.
He revealed that two cars have been purchased to be given as prizes to a young man and lady who will emerge Kumashe U Tiv and Tor Kwaor International respectively at the end of the Carnival.
The convener called on Tiv youths worldwide to participate in the contest. According to him, the Carnival was not limited to the Tiv youths in Benue state and so letters were being sent to those in Taraba, Nasarawa, Cameroon, Congo and other places.
The Organizers lamented that the Tiv tribe was becoming unpopular on the world map because annual cultural events like the Tiv Day celebration had been abandoned for seven years and the lady who emerged Kumashe U Tiv during the last Tiv Day seven years ago is now married with children but still maintains the title.
“How do we address her now that she is married? Is she Miss or Mrs? Will she continue to be Kumashe U Tiv for ever?,” Ayatutu Family asked.
They clarified that their Kumashe was only for the Tiv Cultural Carnival and not for the Tiv day celebration which the Mzough U Tiv used to organize.
In his remark, President General of the Association of Tiv Actors (ATAS) Worldwide, Comrade Kenneth Iornumbe said Mzough U Tiv has a lot of work to do and so there was need for ATAS to complement their efforts.
Comrade Iornumbe who noted that the Tiv culture could not be announced to the world without using movies opined that it could be preserved for in Tiv movies for posterity. He urged Ayatutu family to sustain the initiative while enjoining others to render support for the success of the event. He also called on the media to support them through publicity.
Immediate past President General of ATAS, Mr Akimbo UN was at the briefing and made meaningful contribution to issues.
Bank account details have been made available for those willing to give support: Account name, Tiv Cultural Carnival, Bank name; Zenith Bank, account number; 1017215586.
For more information and enquiries, log onto tivculturalcarnival.org.ng.