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Artist Spotlight: Teni

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Teniola Apata, better known by her stage name Teni, was born on the 12th of December 1992. She hails from Ekiti State. She was born in Lagos to the famous family of Mr and Mrs Apata as the 9th out of 10 children. Her father was a retired Brigadier General before he was assassinated in 1995 when she was just 2 years old. She is the younger sister to the popular Nigerian singer, Niniola. Teni is a singer, songwriter and entertainer.

Teni had are primary and secondary education at Apata Memorial High School – a school owned by her late father. She went further to get her Bachelors degree in Business Administration at the American Intercontinental University in the United State of America (USA). Her music versatility is due to her love for Wasiu Ayinde’s songs right from a young age, which would go on to reflect in her songs as we all know.

As a child she was among the school music band, where she played the drum. Teni loves playing basketball and is also interested in business charity. She attributes her high level of confidence to her parents, especially her mum.

Teni released her debut single Amen under the Shizzi Magic Fingers Record Label in 2016. She later left Shizzi Magic Fingers and signed with Dr Dolor Entertainment where she is till date. she released another single Fargin in September of the same year. She experienced a breakthrough in the music industry when she released Askamaya, Case and Uyo Meyo which was ranked 15th on the MTV Base’s year-end list of the top 20 Hottest Naija Tracks in 2018. Other singles are Wait (2017), Pareke (2018), Pray (2018), Power Rangers (2019) amongst others.

In 2018, NotJustOk ranked Teni eighth on its list of the 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria. She was also listed on Premium Times’ list of Six Nigerian breakout stars, Viral Sensation of 2018. On the 20th of February 2019, she was featured on YouTube music’s Trending Artists on the rise.

Some of her numerous awards and nominations are Rookie of the Year Award at the 2018 Headies Award. She also won the Best New Artist at the 2018 Sound City MVP Awards Festival. In 2019 she won the “Best Pop Single”, Best Recording of the Year, Viewer’s Choice and Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the 2019 Headies Award. She also won the Best Female MVP again in 2020 Sound City MVP awards.

 

At the time the author made this post, Teni had just released her debut album Wondaland made up of 17 tracks and already the single For You featuring Davido is off to a good start, topping charts and debuting at No 1 on the LagosJumpRadio Afrobeats Top 10.

 

 

Written by: Lagosjumpteam

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