Teni (singer)

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

Teniola Apata, better known as Teni, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and entertainer.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Teni is the younger sister of Nigerian singer Niniola.[3] She attended Apata Memorial High School and has a degree in business administration from American InterContinental University.[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 their list of the 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria.[11] She was listed among the "Six Nigerian breakout stars, viral sensations of 2018" by Premium Times newspaper.[12]

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


Teni has endorsement deals with several brands, including Budweiser, Tom Tom, Pepsi Nigeria, and the Transsion-owned Tecno Mobile.[15]


Selected singles[edit]

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"
As featured artist
Year Title Album
2018 "Rambo" (Dr. Dolor featuring Teni) Non-album single
"Pray" (Dr. Dolor featuring Teni and Phyno)
"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 [16]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New Artist Won [17]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Won
2019 BET Awards Best New International Act Nominated [18]


  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". 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.
  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. ^ https://www.entrepreneurs.ng/teni-biography/
  16. ^ Nseyen, Nsikak (6 May 2018). "Headies Awards 2018: Full list of categories, winners". Daily Post. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  17. ^ Opeyemi Kehinde (6 January 2019). "SoundCity MVP Awards: Full list of winners". Daily Trust.
  18. ^ "Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi nominated for BET awards". 17 May 2019.