Teni (singer)

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Teni chatting with Wazobia Max TV in July 2018
Teni chatting with Wazobia Max TV in July 2018
Background information
Birth nameTeniola Apata
Born23 December 1992
Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • entertainer
Years active2016—present
LabelsDr. Dolor Entertainment
Associated acts

Teniola Apata, born 23 December (1992) better known as Teni, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and entertainer.[1][2]

Life and music career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Teni was born on 23 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 she obtained degree in business administration.[4]


2016-2019: Fargin, Askamaya and Other Recordings[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]

On 20 February 2019, Teni was featured on YouTube Music's Trending Artist on the Rise.[9] On May 3, 2019, she released the video for "Sugar Mummy". On June 14, 2019, she released a new single titled "Power Rangers".[10]

2019-2020: Billionaire E.P and Quarantine Playlist[edit]

Teni released her debut E.P, Billionaire on the 11th of October 2019. The “Billionaire EP” was complied with six (6) interesting tracks and with no guest appearance. The E.P was produced by Jaysynths Beatz and Pheelz.[11]

In April 2020, Teni partnered with Nigerian Disk Jockey, DJ Neptune to release an EP called the Quarantine Playlist, which sees her playing out different stages of being in quarantine and talking about the strains of being on lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The four-track EP is mostly mid-tempo and includes production from Tempoe, P. Prime and Dëra.[12]

2021-present: Wondaland[edit]

On 2nd February 2021, Teni revealed the name and expected date for her forthcoming debut album. She shared this on her Instagram account "The time is near….. And the album shall be called “WONDALAND” 🦋#MARCH2021 #WONDALAND" [13]

Her debut album 'WONDALAND' was crafted for over two years in cities like London, New York, Orlando, Ondo, Lagos and Abuja..[14]'

The album features guest appearances from Davido. Its production was handled by Pheelz, Damayo, Tempoe, P.Prime, Millamix, Krizbeatz, and Ozedikus and was made available for purchase and online streaming on several music platforms, including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Google Play. [15]


In March, 2019, Teni signed an endorsement deal with Tom Tom, a candy brand produced by Cadbury Nigeria.[16] On October 6, 2020, PM News reported that Teni had signed an endorsement deal with Telecommunications Giant, Globacom Nigeria.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Teni won Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Headies Awards, and Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[18] She also won Best New Artist at the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.[19] NotJustOk ranked her eighth on its list of the 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria.[20] She was listed on Premium Times' list of the Six Nigerian breakout stars, viral sensations of 2018.[21]


Studio albums and EPs[edit]

  • Billionaire (2019) [22]
  • The Quarantine Playlist (2020)[23]
  • WONDALAND (2021)[24][25]
  • Moslado Refix[26]

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"
2020 "Marry" Non-album single
2021 "For You" ft Davido Wondaland
2021 "Dorime" 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)
2020 Fuji Pop (Ojayy Wright featuring Teni) Non-album single
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 [27]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New Artist Won [28]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Won
2019 BET Awards Best New International Act Nominated [29]
The Headies Best Pop Single "Case" Won [30]
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 [31]
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Best female MVP Won [32]
2021 Net Honours Most Searched Musician (female) Won [33]
All Africa Music Awards All Africa Music Awards Pending [34]

See also[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. 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. ^ "Teni Gets Featured As YouTube's 'Trending Artist On The Rise'". 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Teni drops new single, "Power Rangers"". Oak TV Newstrack. Oak Tv. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  11. ^ Akinyoade, Akinwale (11 October 2019). "Teni The Entertainer Releases Highly-Anticipated EP "Billionaire"". Pulse. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  12. ^ Durosomo, Damola (10 April 2020). "Teni Drops New EP 'Quarantine Playlist EP' To Get Us Through Self-Isolation"". Okay Africa. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  13. ^ "TENI ANNOUNCES LONG-AWAITED DEBUT ALBUM, 'WONDALAND". PM News. 3 February 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Teni the Entertainer features Davido in new single 'For You'". Vanguard News. 12 February 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Teni drops debut album Wondaland'". PM News. 19 March 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  16. ^ Ugwuezuoha, Yvonne (16 April 2019). "Five Nigerian celebrities who bagged major endorsement deals in 2019". Daily Trust. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  17. ^ =Okundia, Jennifer (6 October 2020). "Don Jazzy, Teni become Globacom Ambassadors". PM News. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  18. ^ "HEADIES 2018:Teni Entertainer Wins 'Rookie Of The Year' Award". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  19. ^ 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)
  20. ^ "The 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria #TheList2018: #8 – Teni". NotJustOk. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  21. ^ Augoye, Jayne (27 December 2018). "Six Nigerian breakout stars, viral sensations of 2018". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Teni - "Billionaire" EP - TrendyBeatz". Trendybeatz.com.
  23. ^ "Teni - "The Quarantine Playlist" EP ft DJ Neptune - Trendybeatz". TrendyBeatz.com.
  24. ^ "Teni - "WONDALAND" Album - TheCable.Lifestyle". https://lifestyle.thecable.ng/. External link in |website= (help)
  25. ^ "Teni Reaches Highland With Debut Album 'WONDALAND' [Review]". 22 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  26. ^ "[Music] Teni - Moslado Refix". Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  27. ^ Nseyen, Nsikak (6 May 2018). "Headies Awards 2018: Full list of categories, winners". Daily Post. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  28. ^ Kehinde, Opeyemi (6 January 2019). "SoundCity MVP Awards: Full list of winners". Daily Trust.
  29. ^ "Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi nominated for BET awards". 17 May 2019.
  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ 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.
  32. ^ "Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards". OkayAfrica. 13 January 2020.
  33. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  34. ^ "All Africa Music Awards 2021: All the nominees". Music In Africa. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.