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

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

Early life

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 she 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]

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She featured Davido in a single track tittled ''For You'' in 2021. The track is also included in her debut album 'WONDALAND' which was crafted for over two years in cities like London, New York, Orlando, Ondo, Lagos and Abuja.[15]


In March, 2019, Teni signed an endorsement deal with Tom Tom, a candy brand produced by Cadbury Nigeria.[16]


Studio albums and EPs

  • Billionaire (2019) [17]
  • The Quarantine Playlist (2020)[18]
  • WONDALAND (2021)[19][20]

Selected singles

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
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 [21]
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New Artist Won [22]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Won
2019 BET Awards Best New International Act Nominated [23]
The Headies Best Pop Single "Case" Won [24]
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 [25]
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Best female MVP Herself Won [26]
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See also


  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. ^ "Teni the Entertainer features Davido in new single 'For You'". Vanguard News. 12 February 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  16. ^ Ugwuezuoha, Yvonne (16 April 2019). "Five Nigerian celebrities who bagged major endorsement deals in 2019". Daily Trust. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  17. ^ "Teni - "Billionaire" EP - TrendyBeatz". Trendybeatz.com.
  18. ^ "Teni - "The Quarantine Playlist" EP ft DJ Neptune - Trendybeatz". TrendyBeatz.com.
  19. ^ "Teni - "WONDALAND" Album - TheCable.Lifestyle". https://lifestyle.thecable.ng/. External link in |website= (help)
  20. ^ "Teni Reaches Highland With Debut Album 'WONDALAND' [Review]". 22 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  21. ^ Nseyen, Nsikak (6 May 2018). "Headies Awards 2018: Full list of categories, winners". Daily Post. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  22. ^ Kehinde, Opeyemi (6 January 2019). "SoundCity MVP Awards: Full list of winners". Daily Trust.
  23. ^ "Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi nominated for BET awards". 17 May 2019.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards". OkayAfrica. 13 January 2020.
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