Radio Benue Report
Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mr Tahav Agerzua, has urged students in tertiary institutions to spearhead the revival of Tiv culture.
He spoke at the grand finale of the cultural week organized by the Community of Tiv Students at the Benue State University.
The event was held at the Twin Lecture Theatre at the second campus of the university.
Mr Agerzua listed the encouragement of spoken Tiv in homes, interest in folk songs and music, dressing in traditional attires, and writing of books in the language as some of the ways of leading the campaign.
The Principal Special Assistant who commended the leadership of the students for organising the cultural week stated that they did the right thing by conducting all the proceedings in Tiv language and urged them to replicate the gesture in their respective homes.
He noted that it was regrettable that some Tiv parents prefer to speak with their children in English in their homes saying this development was unfortunate as such children cannot speak either of the languages as first speakers.
The Governor’s aide called on the students to make profound contributions to the development of their indigenous language by writing books including biographies, novels, and historical records in their mother tongue.
He noted that if conscious efforts were not made to preserve the Tiv language it could become extinct adding that the students could also consider making their livelihood out of traditional textiles, furniture and music.
In his address at the occasion, President of the Community of Tiv Students, Comrade Stephen Akaanan Terver, expressed appreciation to all who contributed to the success of the week long activities.
The cultural week featured traditional fashion procession, cuisine, beauty pageant, and dances.
Photo caption: Mr Agerzua, middle, with some of the students