Teni (singer)

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Teni
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Teni chatting with Wazobia Max TV in July 2018
Background information
Birth nameTeniola Apata
BornLagos State, Nigeria
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • entertainer
InstrumentsVocals
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]

Career[edit]

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 2019 Headies Awards, and Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[9] She also won Best New Artist 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]

Discography[edit]

Selected singles[edit]

As lead artist
Year Title Album
2016 "Amen" Non-album single
2017 "Fargin"
2018 "Wait"
"Pareke"
"Lagos"
"Askamaya"
"Fake Jersey"
"Shake Am"
"Case"
"Pray"
"Uyo Meyo"
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

Awards[edit]

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref
2018 The Headies Rookie of the Year Herself Won [14]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New Artist Won [15]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Won
2019 BET Awards Best New International Act Nomination [16]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Nseyen, Nsikak (6 May 2018). "Headies Awards 2018: Full list of categories, winners". Daily Post. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  15. ^ Opeyemi Kehinde (6 January 2019). "SoundCity MVP Awards: Full list of winners". Daily Trust.
  16. ^ https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/05/burna-boy-teni-mr-eazi-nominated-for-bet-awards/. Missing or empty |title= (help)