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My Dad Was Assassinated In Our Presence – Teni

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Nigerian singer, Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni has revealed that her father, Simeon Apata, a retired Nigerian army Brigadier-General was assassinated by gunmen on January 8, 1995, in Lagos.

According to Teni, the trauma of watching her dad being assassinated affected her life.

Teni said she was just two years old when the incident happened in their living room.

She spoke when she was featured as a guest in the latest episode of the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by actor, Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, aka Taymesan.

The singer 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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