How my father was assassinated in my presence – singer Teni


Nigerian singer Teniola Apata, aka Teni Makaniki, has said the assassination of her father, the late Brig. Gen. Simeon Apata (retd.) in her presence greatly affected her.

Teni revealed in an interview with media personality Taymesan that she was two years old when gunmen attacked their Lagos house and murdered her father in front of the entire family.

The ‘Uyo Meyo’ singer went on to say that this harmed her growing up and that she has since acquired trust issues.

Teni added in the interview, which Taymesan uploaded on Instagram on Sunday, “Growing up with my father passing at such a young age, the trauma of losing my father at such 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 of 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 late Brig. Gen. Simeon Apata (retd.), was assassinated on January 8, 1995.