If her name doesn’t ring a bell by now, certainly you’re behind the trends in Nigerian music scene.
One of the fast-rising entertainers in Nigeria, Teni Makanaki is a drummer, singer-songwriter and rapper, who is inadvertently introduced as the sister to the popular afro-house musician and Project Fame music reality show finalist, Niniola.
Born Teniola Apata, she is a daughter to Late Brigadier-General S.O. Apata, the founder of the elite private school, Apata Memorial School. She showed interest in music at an early age with the establishment of a music band in her school.
As a member of the band, she performed for several distinguished Nigerians including the former Military Administrator (Governor) in Lagos State, Muhammed Buba Marwa; Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The aphorism that destiny can be delayed but can never be denied.
She went further to study pharmacy but pulled out due to the very fact that it wasn’t soul pleasing and free flow like whenever she’s inside the music record boot!
Uyo Meyo is a song fans got a taste of what it seemed like when Teni freestyled the chorus in a video that went viral when she posted it on her Twitter account late July last year.
Like much of the contextual spontaneity that often inspires Teni’s viral videos, the completion of her University education put her in the celebratory spirits that birthed her new single, although it took her almost four months to come up with the full track.
“Uyo Meyo” is a prayerful number sung in Teni’s local Ondo dialect. According to Teni, she released the track to celebrate her birthday. Though Teni recounts some of her struggles and pain through the single, the positivity is unmistakable, especially as Teni implores listeners to work hard to reach their goals.
The track’s core message is set on the belief that celebration with people who have joy will lead to a celebration of your own.