Teniola Apata, a Nigerian singer also known as Teni, has opened up about how the traumatic experience of witnessing her father’s assassination has impacted her life.
Her father, Simeon Apata, a retired Nigerian army Brigadier-General, was tragically killed by gunmen on January 8, 1995, in their living room in Lagos.
Teni, who was only two years old at the time, shared her story as a guest on the Tea With Tay podcast, hosted by actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, also known as 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.