Teni (entertainer)

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Teni
Birth nameTeniola Apata
Born (1993-12-23) December 23, 1993 (age 25)[1]
Lagos State, Nigeria
OriginEkiti State
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter, Drummer
Years active2016—present
LabelsMagic Fingers Records, Osadolor Nate Asemota Dr. Dolor Entertainment
Associated actsShizzi, Phyno, Osadolor Nate Asemota (Dr. Dolor), Niniola, Spellz

Teniola Apata (born December 23, 1993) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, drummer and rapper better known as Teni, Teni the entertainer or Teni Makanaki.[2] [3]

Early life and Education[edit]

Teni attended Apata Memorial High School. She has a degree in Business Administration from American InterContinental University.[4]

Teni is the younger sister of popular Nigerian singer Niniola.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Teni was previously signed to Shizzi's Magic Fingers Records where she released her debut single, Amen[7] but then signed to Osadolor Nate Asemota's Dr. Dolor Entertainment in 2017.[8][9]

She came into prominence after the release of her single, Fargin, in September 2017[10]. She followed up with hits throughout 2018 including the top 10 singles, Askamaya,[11] Case[12] and Uyo Meyo.[13]

Teni won The Headies Awards Rookie of the Year in May 2018[14][15] and Nigerian Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act To Watch in November 2018[16]. By the end of 2018, Teni was on numerous end of year lists including the Top 10 Nigerian breakout acts of 2018,[17][18] Top 10 Nigerian artists of 2018[19] and Top 20 Nigerian biggest songs of 2018 for her single, Askamaya.[20]

In January 2019, Teni won The Best New Artist at Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.[21]

Singles[22][edit]

Year Title Album
2016 Amen Non-Album Single
2017 Fargin Non-Album Single
2018 Wait Non-Album Single
2018 Pareke Non-Album Single
2018 Lagos[23] Non-Album Single
2018 Askamaya[24]
2018 Fake Jersey Non-Album Single
2018 Shake Am Non-Album Single
2018 Case
2018 Pray Non-Album Single
2018 Uyo Meyo[25]

Collaborations[edit]

  • Dr. Dolor Featuring Teni - "Rambo" (2018)
  • Dr Dolor Entertainment – Pray featuring Teni & Phyno (2018)
  • Shizzi - Aye Kan featuring Teni & Mayorkun (2019)

Songs for other artists[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael, Uzoma (18 May 2018). "Teni entertainer biography". Uzomedia TV. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  2. ^ Kochhar, Nazuk (18 October 2018). "Teni rules, here's the proof". The FADER. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ Olatunbosun, Yinka (26 October 2018). "Teni Makanaki's Strides to Stardom". This Day. Retrieved 5 November 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. ^ "My love for Niniola stronger than music –Teni Entertainer". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  6. ^ "Here Are The Things To Love And Admire About Teni Entertainer - Nigerian Entertainment Today". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  7. ^ "Shizzi's Magic Fingers Records Presents: Teni - "Amen" » tooXclusive". tooXclusive. 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  8. ^ Akan, Joey. "Teni Entertainer is one of Nigeria's fastest rising musicians". Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  9. ^ Agbana, Rotimi (25 October 2017). "Why I left telecommunications for music – Dr Dolor". Vanguard. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  10. ^ Yhusuff (2017-09-01). "DOWNLOAD: Teni – Fargin (Music)". vibe.ng. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  11. ^ "Teni rules, and here's the proof". The FADER. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  12. ^ "Teni "The Entertainer" Drops Another Banger 'Case' With Visuals". Yute! Magazine. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  13. ^ "Teni's New Music Video for 'Uyo Meyo' Is a Beautiful Reminder That the Come-Up Is Real". OkayAfrica. 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  14. ^ "HEADIES 2018:Teni Entertainer Wins 'Rookie Of The Year' Award". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2018-05-05. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  15. ^ Reserved, Naijaloaded © 2009-2019 All Rights (2018-05-07). "HEADIES: Rookie Of The Year Award, A Well Deserved Win For Teni Or Ojoro For Junior Boy? » Naijaloaded". Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  16. ^ "NEA 2018: Tiwa Savage, Teni And Other Women Won Awards At The Show". ZUMI. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  17. ^ "Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2018". Naijaturnup. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  18. ^ Augoye, Jayne (2018-12-27). "Six Nigerian breakout stars, viral sensations of 2018". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  19. ^ "The 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria #TheList2018: #8 – Teni". Latest Naija Nigerian Music, Songs & Video. 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  20. ^ "MTV Base Top 20 Hottest Naija Tracks of 2018 » tooXclusive". tooXclusive. 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  21. ^ editor (2019-01-11). "Teni Gets Emotional after Winning Best New Act at Soundcity MVP Awards". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  22. ^ A, Dotun (2018-10-19). "Teni — Case - Download mp3". YabaLeftOnline. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  23. ^ "[Song] Teni - "Askamaya" + "Lagos" » tooXclusive". tooXclusive. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  24. ^ "MUSIC: TENI – Askamaya (prod. Spellz) | Lagos (prod. Jaysynths Beatz)". 360Nobs.com. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  25. ^ Lala, Emmanuel (2018-12-23). "DOWNLOAD mp3: Teni - Uyo Meyo | 36NG Audio". Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  26. ^ Animashaun, Damilola (2018). "Teni The Entertainer Opens Up About Writing Davido's 2017 Hit, 'Like Dat'". Konbini. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  27. ^ Nseyen, Nsikak (6 May 2018). "Headies Awards 2018: Full list of categories, winners". Daily Post. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Headies 2018: Full List Of Winners". Information Nigeria. 6 May 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  29. ^ Ehis Ohunyon. "SoundCity MVP Awards Festival 2018: Burna wins big, Teni is Best New Artist at third edition". Pulse NG. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  30. ^ Opeyemi Kehinde (6 January 2019). "SoundCity MVP Awards: Full list of winners". Daily Trust.