Nigerian singer, Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni or Teni The Entertainer, has said the trauma of watching her dad, Simeon Apata, a retired Nigerian army Brigadier-General, being assassinated affected her life.
Teni said she was just two years old when the incident happened in their living room.
The late Brig. Gen. Apata (rtd.) was assassinated by gunmen on January 8, 1995, in Lagos.
She spoke when she featured as a guest in the latest episode of the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by actor, Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, better known as Taymesan.
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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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“My father was assassinated in the presence of all of us. I was 2 at the time”
– Teni Makanaki
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