Teniola Apata aka Teni is one of the currently most successful hip-hop singers in Nigeria /Photo: TENI Updates

Why I mention Dangote, Otedola in my songs – Teni

Arguably one of the biggest entertainers in Nigeria at the moment, Teni Apata, popularly known as Teni the entertainer, is one singer who often mentions the names of prominent people in her songs.

Teni has mentioned the names of business tycoons such as Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola in her songs, which made the songs even more popular.

Speaking with a reporter of PUNCH newspaper at the weekend in Lagos, the award-winning singer explained why she often called people’s names in her music. “I grew up being exposed to a lot of culture and one essential part of that is praise-singing people. I decided to incorporate that practice into my songs so that people could relate more with them,” she said.

Teni, 2nd from left, with Otedola (far left) and Tony Elumelu (2nd from right) at an event in July/Photo: TENI Updates


Teni, who clinched four awards at the recently held Headies, stated that winning awards and touring 35 cities had been the high points of 2019 for her so far. 

Contrary to what many believe that Teni’s Billionaire EP is all about the brazen pursuit of money, the plump singer said the title song and EP were centred on encouraging people to live their best lives. She stated, “This project basically encourages people to lead their best lives, achieve their dreams and generally enjoy what life has to offer. No doubt, life has its challenges, but sometimes, one just needs to take a break and enjoy it.”

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