Her journey into the Nigerian music industry started officially in 2016 and Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni Entertainer seems to have gained mastery of the entertainment world.
From the online trolling to fat-shaming and negative opinions from people, Teni doesn’t seem bothered, rather, she is focused on her talent and herself.
She is the latest cover star of Genevieve Magazine, where she talked about life as a singer. From her interview, we extracted seven quotes that may have guided Teni’s path in the ruthless world of being a public person.
Read the insightful quotes below
“I live my life strictly on my terms and not by anybody’s rule and I live by the simple rule, ‘to do unto others what I’d want them to do to me’”. I’m just having fun.”
“Growing up with love helped [me] a lot. My mum would always tell me that I’m the best and that she’s proud of me. Growing up in a family who saw beyond my identity also helped me to be confident. For instance, what does it matter if at school I’m called ugly [when] back at home, the people that mean the most to me tell me I’m beautiful?”
On staying true to herself
“I’ve always been the stubborn one, since my primary school days. I always got into trouble.When the teachers [thought they could] embarrass me, the other students would think it’s funny. I always wondered why they did, I was just being myself.”
“You cannot fake what you are not. People will eventually see through it and you’ll lose your originality and your identity. Also when the ‘image’ fades they’ll still look at the talent and ability. Of course in this industry, people have shared their opinions, but, in the end, [it pays to just] be you.”
On online trolling
“My father had 10 kids and we all grew up in the same house. I grew up understanding that everyone has an opinion. I’d rather spend more time in getting better than bother about opinions.”
“I always remind myself that God created me as Teni and that’s who I’m going to be.”
“People just naturally want to make you feel bad for who you are because they aren’t happy with themselves.”
Go to Genevieve Magazine to read full interview
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