Teni Makanaki or Teni the entertainer as she is fondly called by fans continues to take the Nigerian music scene by storm. Since the release of her groundbreaking song ‘Fargin,’ it’s been a hit ‘back-to-back’ for the talented young artist. While she is still referred to as a ‘new’ musician, her outstanding performances so far proves that she won’t be fading out of our music collection anytime soon.
Teni is not your regular female Nigerian musician: her distinct and easily recognizable voice, unusual dress style, cheerful personality, and contagious vibe have earned her huge love and wide acceptance from many Nigerians. Her fans are always excited to watch her perform, hear her sing and know all there is to know about her. These 8 facts about Teni may raise your brows if your friend hasn’t ‘gisted’ you about any of them already.
Niniola Is Teni’s Blood Sister
Many people already know about this fact. You probably contributed to making it one of the top searches about Teni on Google. Well, that’s not a speculation, it is a fact. Niniola Apata, the celebrated ‘Maradona’ crooner is Teni’s elder sister. And they seem to be a very close pair. On a Sunday Scoop with Punch, Niniola said “Teni is my baby sister and her success makes me proud. That is my baby doing good and I am very happy for her. That is how a big sister should feel. As a big sister, we talk every day as opposed to what some people think. Apart from music, we are blood sisters.”
Teni Wrote Davido’s Hit Song ‘Like That’
Twitterers went wild with their savage tweets when Teni posted on Twitter about writing Davido’s hit song ‘Like Dat.’ That was in 2017, before she became a household name. Some people felt it was inappropriate for Teni to make that announcement and some others tried to cheapen her efforts. But Teni, as usual, moved on with an aura of unbothered air around her.
Teni Attended An American University
Teni holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the America Intercontinental University, Atlanta.
Teni’s Father Was Assassinated
Teni and Niniola paid tribute to their late father earlier this year on Instagram, as they marked his 24th memorial service. Their father, who was a retired Brigadier-General under the Nigerian army, was murdered on January 8, 1995.
Teni Is The First African Female Artiste To Be Listed On Youtube’s ‘Artist on the Rise’ Category
Youtube created the ‘Artist on the Rise’ category to shine a light on new artistes who are trending. Teni was named Youtube’s ‘Artist on the Rise’ category after her hit single ‘Case’ got over four million views on Youtube, making her the first African female artiste to achieve this feat.
She Has A ‘Headies’ Award
Yea, in case you don’t know, the one and only Teni have received an award from the most prestigious music award in Nigeria, the Headies. She won Rookie of the Year.
Teni Is Good At Basketball
Apparently, music is not the only thing Teni does well. In an interview session with More Branches, Teni revealed that she was once offered a basketball scholarship.
Her Gym Is Food
To those who came at Teni to shed some fat, saying she looks much older than her age. Teni shared a sizzling revelation with them: “Sugar Mummy” she wrote in response on Twitter “my gym na food”
What a perfect reply! Seriously, what’s not to love about Teni.