Teni Biography, Career & Lots More


In the year 2018, the Nigerian Entertainment Industry began witnessing the emergence of an artist called Teni. No doubt, she had been around long before then but she came on with a storm. Teni is one of the Nigerian entertainers that are running fast into the limelight and even now, we are yet to see the full extent of what she is capable of.
This article is about Teni the Entertainer, the popular female singer, songwriter, and rapper. Here you will find any information you need to know about her; her biography, age, date of birth, early life, family, relationship status, label, songs, career, net worth.

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Teni Biography

Teni Biography, Career & Lots More

Before Stardom

Teni became popular in the entertainment industry with her freestyles on Instagram. Another moment of spotlight was when her single “Fargin” became a hit. The song spread fast across Nigeria and was loved by many. Even before hitting the spotlight, Teniola has written and released a good number of hit songs. She was reported to have written one of ‘Davido’s hit song “Like That”. Teni is particularly loved by most Nigerians because she is different. She does not subscribe to the stereotype of celebrities whose lives seem fake. Teni is also known as Teni Makanaki.

Teni has been doing well in the Nigerian music industry with her popular songs, Fargin, Askamaya, Case, Wait, Pareke, Uyo Meyo, Shake am, Power ranger, and lots more.

Teni Biography, Age, Date of Birth, Early Life, Family, Education

The full name of the popular singer is Teniola Apata. She is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper, and entertainer. She in fact refers to herself as Teni, the entertainer. Teni was born on the 12th of December, 1992 in Lagos State, South Western part of Nigeria. She is currently 28 years old. However, she hails from Ekiti state. Teni started doing music at the tender age of two, although being from an education loving family. Teni had her secondary school education at the Apata memorial high school. Here, she was a member of the school band where she performed for several distinguished Nigerians including the former Military Administrator (Governor) in Lagos State, Muhammed Buba Marwa; Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. After her secondary school education, she proceeded to the US to study Pharmacy. She pulled out of Pharmacy school and then proceeded to the American Intercontinental University where she graduated with a degree in Business Administration.

Family life

Teni is the younger sister of the popular Afro-house Nigerian singer Niniola. Teni always expresses the great love she has for her family and says she finds happiness just being with them.

Teni’s name began ringing on people’s lips with her freestyles on Instagram. She also began hitting the spotlight when her single “Fargin” became a hit. The song spread across and was loved by most Nigerian music lovers. Teni’s music is influenced by a wide range of music types such as folk, juju, fuji, and apala music. Her first single “Amen” made influenced by the likes of King Wasiu Ayinde, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Osita Osadebe, and Dolly Parton. Teniola has written and released a good number of hit since she came into limelight. Teni used to be an artist under ‘the Magic Finger’, a record label owned by top producer “Shizzi”.

However, in the year 2017, Teni got signed into Dr. Dolor Entertainment, which is her current record label. Teni once said that are hobbies are traveling and swimming, playing basketball, and making music.

She has been doing well in the Nigerian music industry songs like Fargin, Askamaya, Case, Wait, Pareke, Uyo Meyo, Shake am, and many more. On the 3rd of May, 2019, she released the video for “Sugar Mummy” and on the 14th of June  2019, she released a new single titled “Power Rangers”.

Teni’s net worth

Teni has had a number of hit songs such as Fargin, Askamaya, Case, Wait, Pareke, Uyo Meyo, etc. The fast-rising artist has also had a good number of deals and endorsements. Teni is estimated to be worth close to $2 million which she is said to have earned from her music, live performances and brand ambassadorial deals.

Teni’s songs

Some of Teni’s songs include:

– Fargin
– Askamaya
– Wait
– Amen
– Lagos
– Pareke
– Case

– Uyo Meyo
– Fake Jersey
– Shake Am

– Power Rangers

– Sugar Mummy


·        Billionaire (2019)

·        The Quarantine Playlist (2020)

Social Media Profiles

Teni is very active on her social media handles. You can reach her on the following platforms:
Instagram – @tenientertainer
Twitter – @TENI_Tweets

Career and Awards

Teni released her debut single “Amen” when she was still with Magic Fingers Records. She left Magic Fingers Records and signed with Dr. Dolor Entertainment after which she 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”.

One of her songs, “Askamaya” which is a remix of one of the tracks in Sir Shina Peters’ album, “Omoge Loke Loke.’’ was ranked 15th on MTV Base’s Top 20 Hottest Naija Tracks at the end of 2018.

Other awards and nominations of Teni includes:

  • Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Headies Awards
  • ‘Most Promising Act to Watch’ at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
  • Best New Artist at the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival
  • NotJustOk ranked her eighth on its list of the 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria
  • Best New Artist at Soundcity MVP Awards Festival
  • Nominated at MTV Europe Wards for Best African Act
  • Nominated at The Headies for Best R&B
  • The Single Viewer’s Choice at the Headies
  • Won Best Vocal Performance (Female) at The Headies
  • Nominated for Best New International Act at BET Awards
  • Won Best Pop single at BET awards
  • Featured on YouTube Music’s Trending Artist on the Rise on 20th of February 2019

Endorsement deals

In March 2019, Teni signed an endorsement deal with Tom Tom, a candy brand produced by Cadbury Nigeria. In July 2019, she also became an ambassador to Pepsi.


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