Teni Recounts How Her Father Was Assassinated In Her Presence
Teniola Apata, also known as Teni, has revealed that her father, Simeon Apata, a retired brigadier-general in the Nigerian army, was killed in front of her and her family.
On January 8, 1995, gunmen assassinated the late Brig. Gen. Apata (rtd.) in Lagos.
Teni said she was just two years old when the incident happened in their living room.
She revealed that the trauma of the incident affected her life.
The Uyo Meyo crooner said this 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.”