“My father was assassinated in the presence of all of us” – Teni
Nigerian singer Teniola Apata, widely recognized as Teni or Teni Makanaki, recently shared a deeply poignant narrative during an interview.
She recounted the tragic incident of her father’s assassination when she was a mere 2 years old, shedding light on her father’s renown and the circumstances that led to his prominence.
Teni: “My father was well-known.”
Interviewer: “What was he famous for?”
Teni: “My father was a disciplinarian, a soldier, and a philanthropist. He sent many people to school, provided homes, and changed numerous lives.”
She continued: “Growing up, the trauma of losing my father at such a young age, witnessing his assassination along with my family, and all those experiences…”
Interviewer: “Can we discuss that?”
Interviewer: “How old were you when this happened?”
Teni: “I was only 2 years old.”
Teni’s father, Simeon Apata, was a prominent politician and businessman in Nigeria. His tragic assassination occurred in 1995 when Teni was just a toddler. She, her mother, and her siblings were present during this event.