Teni (singer)

Teniola Apata, born 12 December (1992) better known as Teni, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and entertainer.[1][2]

Teni chatting with Wazobia Max TV in July 2018
Teni chatting with Wazobia Max TV in July 2018
Background information
Birth nameTeniola Apata
Born12 December 1992
Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • entertainer
Years active2016—present
LabelsDr. Dolor Entertainment
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Teni was born on 12 December 1992 in Lagos state. She is the younger sister of Nigerian singer Niniola.[3]


She attended Apata Memorial High School and later preceded to American InterContinental University where he obtained degree in business administration .[4]


Teni released her debut single "Amen" while signed to Shizzi's Magic Fingers Records.[5] She left the record label and signed with Dr. Dolor Entertainment in 2017.[6] Teni started gaining prominence after releasing the single "Fargin" in September 2017. She made her breakthrough after releasing the hit singles "Askamaya", "Case" and "Uyo Meyo".[7] "Askamaya" was ranked 15th on MTV Base's year-end list of the Top 20 Hottest Naija Tracks of 2018.[8]

Teni won Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Headies Awards, and Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[9] She also won Best New Artist at the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.[10] NotJustOk ranked her eighth on its list of the 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria.[11] She was listed on Premium Times' list of the Six Nigerian breakout stars, viral sensations of 2018.[12]

On 20 February 2019, Teni was featured on YouTube Music's Trending Artist on the Rise.[13] On May 3, 2019, she released the video for "Sugar Mummy". On June 14, 2019, she released a new single titled "Power Rangers".[14]


In March, 2019, Teni signed an endorsement deal with Tom Tom, a candy brand produced by Cadbury Nigeria.[15]



  • Billionaire (2019) [16]
  • The Quarantine Playlist (2020)[17]

Selected singlesEdit

As lead artist
Year Title Album
2016 "Amen" Non-album single
2017 "Fargin"
2018 "Wait"
"Fake Jersey"
"Shake Am"
"Uyo Meyo"
2019 "Party Next Door" TBA
"Sugar Mummy"
"Power Rangers"
2020 "Marry" Non-album single
As featured artist
Year Title Album
2018 "Rambo" (Dr. Dolor featuring Teni) Non-album single
"Aye Kan" (Shizzi featuring Teni and Mayorkun)
Writing credits
Year Title Album
2017 "Like Dat" by Davido Non-album single


Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient Result Ref
2018 The Headies Rookie of the Year Herself Won [18]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New Artist Won [19]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Won
2019 BET Awards Best New International Act Nominated [20]
The Headies Best Pop Single "Case" Won [21]
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Recording of the Year "Uyo Meyo" Won
Best R&B Single Nominated
Viewer's Choice Herself Won
Best Vocal Performance (Female) Teni for "Uyo Meyo" Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best African Act Herself Nominated [22]
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Best female MVP Herself Won [23]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kochhar, Nazuk (18 October 2018). "Teni rules, here's the proof". The FADER. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  2. ^ Olatunbosun, Yinka (26 October 2018). "Teni Makanaki's Strides to Stardom". This Day. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "My love for Niniola stronger than music –Teni Entertainer". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. ^ Machunga, Saminu (4 August 2018). "SPOTLIGHT: My late father will be proud that his legacy is untarnished, says Teni". The Cable. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Shizzi's Magic Fingers Records Presents: Teni - "Amen"". tooXclusive. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ Akan, Joey. "Teni Entertainer is one of Nigeria's fastest rising musicians". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Teni rules, and here's the proof". The FADER. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ "MTV Base Top 20 Hottest Naija Tracks of 2018" tooXclusive". tooXclusive. 23 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ "HEADIES 2018:Teni Entertainer Wins 'Rookie Of The Year' Award". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  10. ^ editor (11 January 2019). "Teni Gets Emotional after Winning Best New Act at Soundcity MVP Awards". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 13 January 2019.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "The 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria #TheList2018: #8 – Teni". NotJustOk. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  12. ^ Augoye, Jayne (27 December 2018). "Six Nigerian breakout stars, viral sensations of 2018". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Teni Gets Featured As YouTube's 'Trending Artist On The Rise'". 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Teni drops new single, "Power Rangers"". Oak TV Newstrack. Oak Tv. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  15. ^ Ugwuezuoha, Yvonne (16 April 2019). "Five Nigerian celebrities who bagged major endorsement deals in 2019". Daily Trust. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Teni - "Billionaire" EP - TrendyBeatz". Trendybeatz.com.
  17. ^ "Teni - "The Quarantine Playlist" EP ft DJ Neptune - Trendybeatz". TrendyBeatz.com.
  18. ^ Nseyen, Nsikak (6 May 2018). "Headies Awards 2018: Full list of categories, winners". Daily Post. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  19. ^ Kehinde, Opeyemi (6 January 2019). "SoundCity MVP Awards: Full list of winners". Daily Trust.
  20. ^ "Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi nominated for BET awards". 17 May 2019.
  21. ^ Bada, Gbenga (20 October 2019). "Headies 2019: Here are all the winners at the 13th edition of music award". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  22. ^ Dennis Ade Peter (4 October 2019). "2019 MTV EMA Nominees: Burna Boy, Teni, Nasty C & More for Best African Act". Native. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  23. ^ "Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards". OkayAfrica. 13 January 2020.