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Teni Biography: Inside The Life Of The Nigerian Singer

Teni is an award-winning Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entertainer who is multitalented and free-spirited. Teni quickly rose to fame and stardom in the Nigerian music industry because her lyrics were relatable.


Teniola Apata is Teniola’s birth name, and she is from Ekiti State. She was the ninth of ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Apata in Lagos. Teni’s father was a retired Brigadier General who was assassinated in 1995, when Teni was only two years old.

Teni attended Apata Memorial High School in Lagos, which was owned by her late father. Teni moved to the United States of America (USA) after finishing secondary school to pursue a degree in Business Administration at the American Intercontinental University. Niniola, a popular singer, is her younger sister.

Her music is diverse because she is inspired by everything around her. She adores Wasiu Ayinde’s music, and it shows in her own. Teni considers music to be spiritual because she believes it has the power to change people’s narratives.

She used to play the drums in the school band when she was a kid. She and her siblings were also not allowed to go outside as children, so they spent their time singing loudly in the corridor.

Teniola enjoys basketball and would have been a basketball player if she hadn’t been a singer. She is also passionate about business, charity, and technology. Teni credits her self-assurance to her parents, particularly her mother.


Teni’s debut single Amen was released on the Shizzi Magic Fingers Record Label. Teni left Shizzi Magic Fingers in 2017 and signed with Dr Dolor Entertainment, where she released a single called Fargin in September of that year. Teni made a name for herself in the Nigerian music industry after releasing Askamaya, Case, and Uyo Meyo.

Teni’s Selected Singles

Amen – 2016
Fargin – 2017
Wait – 2018
Pareke – 2018
Lagos – 2018
Askamaya – 2018
Fake Jersey – 2018
Shake Am – 2018
Case – 2018
Pray – 2018
Uyo Meyo – 2018
Party Next Door – 2019
Sugar Mummy – 2019
Power Rangers – 2019

Teni’s Featured Singles

Rambo (Dr Dolor featuring Teni) – 2018
Pray (Dr Dolor featuring Teni and Phyno) – 2018
Aye Kan (Shizzi featuring Teni and Mayorkun) – 2018
Murder (King Perry featuring Teni) – 2018

Teni As A Songwriter

Like That by Davido – 2017

Teni’s Endorsements

On the 12th of July 2019, Wema Bank Nigeria endorsed Teniola as the brand ambassador of its alat_ng scheme.
Budweiser beer endorsed Teniola as one of its numerous celebrity ambassadors.
Teniola signed an endorsement deal with TomTom on the 26th of March 2019.
Pepsi Naija signed an endorsement deal with Teniola on the 30th of June 2019.
Tecno Mobile signed an endorsement deal with Teniola in 2019.

Awards And Recognitions Of Teni

Rookie of the year at the Headies – 2018

Most Promising Act to Watch at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards – 2018

Best New Artist at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival – 2018

NotJustOk ranked her eighth on their list of the 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria – 2018

Premium Times newspaper named her as one of the six Nigerian breakout stars, viral sensations – 2018

Teni was featured on YouTube Music’s Trending Artist on the Rise – 2019

Nominee for the Best New International Act at the BET Awards – 2019

Artiste of the Year award at the Top Naija Music Award – 2019

Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) – 2022

Net Worth

According to report, Teniola Apata is worth $2.1 million.


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