TRAGIC! How Simeon Apata, Father Of Prominent Nigerian Music Star, Teni, Was Assassinated In 1995
Nigerian musician Teniola Apata, better known as, Teni the Entertainer shot up to fame in a very short space with her stellar singles “Case” and “Uyo Meyo”.
Her 2019 release ‘Billionaire’ also fell on fertile minds and hearts as has others. She is the 2018 Headies ‘Rookie of the Year’, 2019 Headies ‘Best Pop Single’, 2019 Headies ‘Viewers Choice’, 2019 Headies ‘Best Vocal Performance’ amongst other awards.
There is no debate that Teni is definitely one of the biggest names in Nigerian music currently. However, what some don’t know is that Teni’s father, Simeon Olaosebikan Apata, was a retired Army Brigadier-General with the Nigerian army. He was also a civil war veteran.
Apata’s legacy is that he founded the Apata Memorial High School – an elite military-style private boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria in 1980.
The school, reported to have about 1550 pupils and 150 teachers, is regarded as a leading school in Oshodi-Isolo local government and one of the best in Lagos state attracting wards of the Nigerian elite. The Apata Memorial Schools, in Isolo, now managed by his three wives
Those in the know also say while alive, the army man confronted armed robbers and killed some whose menacing acts in his locality were a source of worry.
While making sure his area was a safe haven it might have cost him his life when he was assassinated by gunmen on January 8, 1995. His death stunned Lagos and left a vacuum in his home.
Of that experience, Teni said her ‘Wait’ song was of the incident and in memory of her father.
“Wait tells the love story between my mum and dad. I got the inspiration when my dad passed and my mum was crying, wishing he could have stayed back,” she said.