Teniola entered the music industry, two years after her elder sister, Niniola, but together the siblings have carved a niche for themselves, each with fans that love them and their music.
Today, we are putting the spotlight on them as we share five things to know about the Apatas.
Teniola and Niniola are the daughters of the Late (RTD) Brigadier-General, Simeon Olaosebikan Apata, a military man, who fought for the Nigerian army under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo during the civil war. Their father is also the founder of Apata Memorial Schools.
The sisters are from Ekiti state and grew up in a polygamous family and they show love and support to each other.
How old is Teni and Niniola
Judging from their dates of birth, Niniola was born on December 15, 1986, while her baby sister Teni was born on December 12, 1992. This goes to show that between Teni and her sister Niniola there exists a significant age gap of 6 years. Thus, Niniola is much older than her sister Teni.
The sisters attended the same schools – Apata Memorial School in Isolo, Lagos, for their elementary and post-elementary education. While Teniola attended the University of Lagos, where she studied Biology Education, Teniola graduated from America Intercontinental University in Atlanta, where she studied Business Administration and Marketing.
When they started doing music
Niniola started her music career by going for talent hunt shows. She succeeded with MTN Project Fame and became the third runner-up. However, she started music professionally in 2014 when she dropped her debut single, ‘Ibadi’.
Teniola’s journey into music started when she was two years old. She used to play the drums in the school band. She also played drums for some former governors of Lagos State, including Mohammed Buba Marwa, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, when they were in office. However, she started doing music officially in 2016 with the release of her first official single, Amen.
Their style of music
Niniola describes her style of music as “Afro-House”, a blend of afrobeat and house music. While Teni has her kind of music rooted in local hip hop flavour. She feels her sound is generic. The siblings have their lysrics in their local language-Yoruba.
Their music influences
Niniola’s music influences are Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Madonna and The Cranberries, while Teniola’s inluences are King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall.