With a dimpled smile, unique vocals and refreshing authenticity, Teniola Akpata popularly known as Teni the entertainer, has taken the Nigerian music scene by storm and we’re here for it!
Younger sister to the Nigerian House Music queen Niniola (Maradona) Teni is charting her own path, showing her versatility with songs like “Case” and “Askamaya” two of 2018’s biggest songs.
Teni has warmed her way into all our hearts.
On Instagram she has this uncanny ability to make her followers feel like they are a part of her life. She entertains us all with hilarious skits and angelic vocals. But the familiarity that comes with being a part of someone’s life virtually, can erroneously get one think they’ve seen all that there is to an individual. We thought we knew all the dimensions of the 26 year old crooner, but it appears we were sorely mistaken.
She has shown us a new angle to her with her most recent release Uyo Meyo. Done mostly in her native Ondo dialect, the song is reminiscent of an evergreen Ebenezer Obe track and it’s a great way for the 2018 Headies Rookie of the Year, to show she is going to be here for a long, long time.
It is seemingly difficult to compare Teni to anyone in the music industry now and in times past, but if you think hard enough, a name should come to mind.
Teni bears a striking resemblance in terms of persona, lyrical genius and oodles of swag, to the queen of Waka herself- Salawa Abeni. There is a similarity in the boldness and sheer thuggery of both women that could inspire one to say Salawa lives somewhere inside of Teni.
Teni is indeed one to watch, her tracks like Case, Askamaya, Uyo Meyo and the newest track featuring B.O.J, show her versatility and her love for what she does.
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