My dad was murdered in front of me,” said Teni.

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Teniola Apata, better known by her stage name Teni, a Nigerian musician, has claimed that witnessing her father’s murder, retired Nigerian Army Brigadier-General Simeon Apata, had a profound impact on her life.

On January 8, 1995, gunmen assassinated the late Brig. Gen. Apata (rtd.) in Lagos.

Teni claimed that the incident took place in their living room when she was only two years old.

She said this 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.

“My father was strict,” she remarked. He served in the military and ran Apata Memorial High School. He was also a generous giver.

“The tragedy of losing my father at such a young age affected me growing up with him dying away at such a young age. You know, his being killed in front of all of us and stuff like that. I was 2 years old at the time.

“His death deprived me of having a father figure when I was a child. Growing up, it kind of gave me trust difficulties. Considering that they [the gunman] entered our home on purpose to assassinate him.

The singer declared that her father would always be her hero.

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