L-R late Simeon Apata and Teni

Teniola Apata (born December 23, 1993), better known as Teni, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and entertainer.

She has narrated how her music story began.

Late Simeon Apata, is the father to Nigerian singer. He was a military man, who fought for the Nigerian army under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo during the civil war.



People who knew the late civil war veteran, Simeon Apata, have described him as a courageous man whose death created a huge vacuum in his immediate environment of Isolo, Lagos. It is said that when he was alive, he confronted armed robbers and made sure the area was a safe haven.

Unfortunately, he was later murdered by unknown gunmen on January 8, 1995.

Although Apata died many years ago, his legacies still live on. His school, Apata Memorial Schools, in Isolo, managed by his three wives, is still thriving. Also, two of his daughters, Teniola and Niniola, have taken the Nigerian music industry by storm.

Teni tells the love story between my mum and dad.

“I got the inspiration when my dad passed and my mum was crying, wishing he could have stayed back,” she said.

Teni also stated that it took her seven years to graduate and her younger sisters completed their studies before her.

“I recorded Uyo Meyo for my graduation ceremony because it took me seven years to graduate. My sisters graduated before me; so, it was a big deal for me on the day I graduated. I did the song for myself and everyone who hopes to achieve something.”




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