Tiv people of Nigeria host annual conference in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Tiv people of Nigeria hosted their annual MUTA conference in Hattiesburg this week.

Over 200 Nigerian Tiv people gathered at the Holiday Inn in Hattiesburg to discuss the theme of their conference, "The Tiv: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

According to the conference website, MUTA seeks to create and support activities that will strengthen the social, cultural, economic and scientific development of the Tiv people of Nigeria, as well as their members in the United States of America and elsewhere in the Diaspora.

Members arrived to the conference in their traditional attire, and attendees discussed aspects of the Tiv culture and how to preserve them for future generations.

According to Mary Ahua, the host of the conference, having events like this in the area are good for the community.

"As you know, the Ahua family is involved in the community here a lot, so we wanted to showcase Hattiesburg," said Ahua. "We want them to see what Hattiesburg has to offer and hopefully some of them will move here."

The conference will end with a Native Night Traditional banquet Saturday night, where traditional attire will be worn, and an authentic Nigerian dinner will be served.

This is the second time the Ahua family has hosted the MUTA conference in Hattiesburg.