OnTiv International Magazine has invested Benue First Lady and wife of the state Governor, Mrs Eunice Ortom PhD as Ngõ U OnTiv, meaning, ‘Mother of Tiv Children’.
The investiture took place today in Makurdi during the celebration of the OnTiv Publisher’s Day which coincided with the birthday anniversary of the Editor of the Magazine, Elder Kundushima Akaa.
Represented at the occasion by Mrs Irene Mngutyo, Dr Mrs Ortom encouraged Mr Akaa to sustain his efforts in uniting the Tiv nation for peace and development to thrive. She promised to support him to accomplish his aims including the completion of the OnTiv Secretariat complex which has remained unroofed for some years owing to paucity of funds.
Also speaking, Konshisha Local Government Chairman, Hon. Engr James Jirgba represented by his wife, Mrs Victoria Jirgba commended Mr Kundushima Akaa for bringing the Tiv nation together in unity. She expressed optimism that OnTiv will grow to the peak because there is strength in unity.
Mrs Jirgba (of Cross River state origin) who acknowledged the hospitable nature of the Tiv people went down memory lane, saying she will never regret getting married to a Tiv man who has been very caring to her.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the occasion, the Konshisha First Lady commended the determination of Mr Akaa over a decade having been publishing for Sixteen consecutive years. She advised Tiv people to eschew pull him down syndrome and support the younger ones to succeed in their chosen endeavours.
Earlier in a welcome address, Editor of OnTiv International Magazine and former Deputy Chairman, Logo Local Government Area of Benue state, Mr Kundushima Akaa who traced the history of his Media organization said it was founded with the aim of reuniting the Tiv people who at a point in time lacked harmony and were identified by their clans instead of one people known as Tiv.
He requested support from well spirited individuals and the Government to enable him complete the ONTiv Secretariat which he started many years ago but could not complete because of lack of resources.
Highlights of the event were the decoration and investiture of the Benue First Lady as Ngo U OnTiv, presentation of award to Kundushima Akaa by the Tiv Actors Association from Logo Local Government as well as performance by various artistes.