Nigerian artist Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni, has revealed that witnessing her father’s assassination had a profound impact on her life.
Her father, Simeon Apata, a retired Nigerian army Brigadier-General, was tragically killed by assailants on January 8, 1995, within their own home in Lagos. Teni recounted that she was merely two years old when this traumatic incident occurred.
She shared her experiences during a recent appearance on the Tea With Tay podcast, hosted by actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, also known as Taymesan. Teni described her father as a strict disciplinarian who not only served as a soldier but also established Apata Memorial High School and was a prominent philanthropist.
Growing up after her father’s untimely demise had a lasting impact on Teni. The emotional trauma of losing him at such a tender age, particularly witnessing the assassination within their home, left her with deep scars. She mentioned that she developed trust issues as a result of this traumatic experience, as the gunmen had entered their house with the explicit intention of killing her father.
Despite the profound loss and its enduring effects, Teni emphasized that her father would forever remain her hero.
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