Teniola Apata, also known as Teni, reveals 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 claimed that the incident took place in their living room when she was only two years old.
She admitted that the incident’s trauma had an impact on her life.
When she appeared as a guest on the most recent Tea With Tay podcast episode, presented by actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, nicknamed Taymesan, the Uyo Meyo crooner made this statement.
“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.