Teni the Entertainer
SPREADER OF JOY
Whether through her music or her personality—both vibrantly displayed on her Instagram page—Nigerian musician Teniola Apata brings an abundance of joy to everything she touches. The musical firecracker, better known as Teni the Entertainer, is also incredibly diverse in her talents as a singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer, and comedian, and is definitely one to watch in the Nigerian music scene. “The ability to bring happiness and joy through my music and my personality [also brings me joy],” she tells OkayAfrica. “It’s amazing to spread positivity throughout the world…My music and personality are all about people, especially the youth, believing in themselves and them knowing the potential that they have.”
And although she is the sister to one of Nigeria’s brightest musical stars (Niniola Apata), Teni is set on being unique and carving her own path. Her sound, lyrics, and even how she chooses to display her image are pleasantly disruptive in breaking down how the world sees women and young people in Nigeria. “The youth are the future... They need to believe in their greatness.” With Teni’s musical genius as their soundtrack, that won’t be hard.