In the Nigerian music industry, one of the women that have been outstanding and successful in the industry is Teni. With a voice like gold and lyrics that are not just entertaining, but emotional
and heartwarming, the female artist has kept on releasing hits that bring Nigerians back to life.
From “Case” to “Billionaire”, her music is a combination of creativity and humor. Teni has made a remarkable impact in the music industry and has gained recognition quickly owing to her style of music which is easily relatable to Nigerians. She is also known to be a funny and jovial person.
She has released several hit singles and recently released an album where she featured only Davido in one of her songs. Teni seems to be taking the Nigerian music industry to a different dimension with her new style of music and she is already being accepted and loved by a huge majority of Nigerians and Africans at large.
|Full Name||Teniola Apata|
|Date of Birth||December 23, 1995|
|State Of Origin||Ekiti State|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Stage Performer|
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Teni Biography & Early Life
Teniola Apata popularly known as Teni Makanaki is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and stage performer. She is an indigene of Ekiti state and was born on the 23rd of December, 1995 into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Apata.
Her father is a brigadier general who was assassinated when Teni was just two years old. She is the 9th out of 10 children and the sister to Niniola who is a popular musician known for her afro music.
Born into a family that holds education in very high esteem, Teni completed her secondary education at Apata Memorial school, a school run by her parents, and further went ahead to study business administration at the American Intercontinental University, USA.
She had already developed an interest in music while in the university and had written lots of songs but did not release them yet as she was focusing on her studies. On graduating from the university, she ventured into music full-time.
Teni started her professional musical career after graduating from the university and she signed in to Shizzi’s Magic Fingers Records where she did her first single album “amen”. She started gaining recognition after she released her single titled “Fargin” in September 2017.
In 2017, she was signed to Dr. Dolor Entertainment and in 2018, she made her first song released with the record label which gained wide acceptance by Nigerians and made so many waves as lots of Nigerians enjoyed the music. This was the beginning of Teni’s journey to stardom.
She also released other hit songs which include “Askamaya” and “Uyo Meyo”. These songs made her gain popularity and gave her huge recognition in the music industry. Teni didn’t relent effort after this as she kept on releasing more hit songs.
According to Teni, her hit single “Uyo Meyo” was a song she sang for everyone that finally succeeds in whatever they set out to do. She said she got the inspiration to write the song to celebrate her being able to graduate from the university where she spent seven years.
Uyo Meyo means when others win and you celebrate with them, your own too will come. Then on the 14th day of June 2019, She released “Power Rangers”, the hit single which has got many Nigerians grooving.
In October 2019, Teni released her album named “Billionaire” & Billionaire album contained six tracks and were all sung by Teni alone without any feature. She also organized a concert that she named “Billionaire Experience” and was held at the Eko Atlantic City Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.
In her latest album Wondaland which was released in 2021 after the covid19 lockdown, she featured popular music star Davido in one of the tracks tagged “For You”, which remained in top trends for weeks. She also made a song for her late dad which she titled “DADS SONG”.
She said the song was made for everyone that has lost someone and she had put a lot of emotions into making the song as it reminded her of her late father’s funeral.
Just in case you enjoy listening to Teni, here are some of her top tracks.
|Bad Boy (Feat. Shank)||Morning|
|Black – Bonus Track||Moslado – Dj Six7even’s Amapiano Remix|
|Black (Bonus Track)||Moslado – Pheelz Remix|
|Christmas Is Here||Okocha|
|Dorime||Party Next Door|
|Fake Jersey||Power Rangers|
|For You (Feat. Davido)||Super Woman|
|Isolate||Wanneka Women Anthem|
Teni Awards & Endorsement Deals
Since becoming a popular artist, Teni has won several awards and has been nominated for others. In 2018, Teni won the award for rookie of the year at the 2018 Headies award. She also
won the award for the most promising act to watch at the 2018 Nigeria entertainment awards. At the sound city MVP awards festival which was held in 2018, Teni was awarded the best new artist for the year.
In 2019, she went further to win the award for the best African act at the MTV Europe music awards. She was nominated for the award of the best new international act in 2019 at the BET awards and she also won the artiste of the year awards at the top Naija music awards, 2019.
Teni signed an endorsement deal with tom tom in 2019. she is also an ambassador for Airtel Nigeria as she wrote and performed the 2021 Airtel theme/advert song “Gele”. She is also an ambassador for Wema bank’s “Alat Scheme” and Budweiser beer.
Are Teni and Niniola Related?
Many people have been arguing about the relationship between the two decorated superstars in the Nigerian music industry. Niniola is Teni’s older sister born into a polygamous family of Late Brigadier General Apata.
Niniola who used to have a burning passion for Wizkid was born in December 1986 and Teni, on the other hand, was born on December 23rd,1995, an obvious indication that Niniola is older than Teni by 6 years.
Is Teni in a Relationship?
A lot of music fanatics have been curious about Teni’s love life. The question “is Teni in a relationship?”, has been going on and on for a while.
In an interview with MTV Base, the show killer and entertainer affirmed that she has been in a serious relationship for three years but had to keep it away from the cameras and public eyes to “avoid issues that may result in her having issues in her relationship”.
In the interview, she said, “I am in a 2-3 years relationship. I don’t want anybody to tamper with it. I love my relationship”.
How Much Is Teni Worth Right Now?
Teni is estimated to have a net worth of about $1,900,000. This is her current estimated net worth.
Teni owns several cars which include a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon SUV and a Lexus lx570. She also owns a house and she made it public when she took to her Instagram page to announce it.
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, She shared a video of her newly acquired home and she wrote “Latest landlord/ landlady in town. Thanks to my god friend “Joetoniruest for being the real estate guy making my life easy!”
Since she entered the Nigerian music industry, Teni has not had a controversy. She is known to be very jovial and friendly and has been seen several with different top stars in the industry.
However, in 2020, she made a tweet on Twitter about feminism which was being misunderstood by Twitter users and sparked a controversy.
She later confirmed that she was being misunderstood and said in her words “Feminism to me is a lifestyle; in fact, it’s a movement. I have always stood up for equal rights. I am coming from a place where women were in control. Women need to take charge. I have seen women do it so I know it’s possible”