Teni, a singer, claims that “Dad Was Assassinated in Our Presence.”


She said when she appeared as a guest on the most recent Tea With Tay podcast, which is hosted by the actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, better known by his stage name Taymesan.

Teniola Apata, the Nigerian singer, who is popularly known as Teni, has talked about her father’s death.

She said the trauma of watching her dad, Simeon Apata, a retired Nigerian army Brigadier-General, being assassinated affected her life.

The late Brig. Gen. Apata (rtd.) was assassinated by gunmen on January 8, 1995, in Lagos.

I recorded 'Dad's Song' while watching my father's funeral -- Teni

Teni said she was just two years old when the incident happened in their living room.

She spoke when she featured as a guest in the latest episode of the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by actor, Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, aka Taymesan.

She said, “My father was a disciplinarian. He was a soldier and he owned a school; Apata Memorial High School. He was also a big philanthropist.

“Growing up with my father passing at such a young age, the trauma of losing my father at a young age affected me. You know, him being assassinated in the presence of all of us and all that stuff. I was 2 at the time.

“Him passing away robbed me as a child of having a father figure. It sort of made me have trust issues growing up. Because they [gunmen] came into our house purposely to kill him.”

The singer said her dad would always remain her hero.

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