I witnessed my dad’s assassination when I was 2 years old – Singer Teni

Popular Nigerian singer, Teniola Apata also called Teni, has said the trauma of watching her father, Simeon Apata, a retired soldier being assassinated affected her life.

The late Nigerian army Brigadier-General was assassinated by gunmen on January 8, 1995, in Lagos.

According to Teni, she was just two years old when the entire family witnessed the incident in their living room. She, however, said her dad would always remain her hero.

Teni dad assassinated

The ‘Billionaire’ crooner stated this when she appeared as a guest in an episode of the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by 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.”

Meanwhile in another news…

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Olorunyomi Oloruntimilehin, better known as Bad Boy Timz revealed that he was shot in the eye by assassins at age 9.

The MJ crooner made the disclosure during a recent chat with UK-based media personality, Adesope Olajide. Timz said the assassins targeted his family’s car and opened fire in Mushin, Lagos state.

According to the 23-year-old artiste, the gun was aimed at his dad’s head but the bullet ended up hitting his eye.

Badboy Timz also took to his Twitter account to share recovery photos of himself at the hospital as proof of the incident.

He said; “I got shot when I was nine, in the nose and it affected this eye. They were assassins, they didn’t even stop the car, they just shot the bunnet and started spraying.

“It wasn’t a robbery and they were looking for an Igbo family. When they heard my mum say e je kin ko awon omo mi, they were surprised.

“It was me, my mum, my dad and my immediate older brother, it was just four of us in the car in Lagos, Mushin to be precise.

“They just overtook us and started shooting, they didn’t even tell us to stop and I got shot in the eye because they were targeting my dad’s head and it went straight into my eye.”

When asked about the state of his injured eye, the singer said he is currently fine, although he is preparing for another operation.