Over the years we have seen a flurry of siblings grace the Nigerian entertainment scene. From the popular afro-pop twins P-Square to the rapping brothers MI and Jesse Jagz, the quirky Mamuzee twins, peerless Don Jazzy and D’prince, the groovy Sound Sultan & Baba Dee, and all the others.
There’s a refreshing pair of siblings in town holding their own in the Nigerian entertainment industry. The Apata sisters, Ninola (Niniola Apata ) and Teni (Teniola Apata), are emerging musicians that are warming hearts and pleasing ears with their sound. The bond between siblings is usually extra special and having them pursue similar endeavors is a sight to behold.
Most of the Nigerian siblings in the entertainment industry have adopted the two heads are better than one theme. Finding common ground in leveraging similar talents or pooling individual talents together. Most of them have sought to become ‘power player pairs’ in their own right. Teni and Niniola have taken an almost similar route in one of the fastest-growing markets in the entertainment and media industry, one that is starting to receive global attention.
BET 2018 Nominee, Niniola, received a lot of applause for her first album, This is Me, and her stock has since been on the rise. Niniola becomes the first female Nigerian artiste to have over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. The music streaming platform has bestowed upon the Afrohouse singer the title of “Most popular Nigerian female artist.”
This solidifies Niniola’s music as a staple among music lovers. The singer released her debut album This is Me in November 2017 to critical acclaim, with Maradona leading the trend with over 1.7 million streams on Spotify. The song Maradona also got a remake from Grammy-nominated French disc jockey, DJ Snake.
Niniola has referred to her music genre as AfroHouse, a blend of AfroBeat and House music. Her songs are usually strapped with expressive sensuality and sexuality, they also tend to have a hidden and deeper meaning to them with Maradona, Magun and Soke being the notable ones.
Niniola Apata participated in the 6th season of popular reality music show, Project Fame West Africa. She emerged as the third runner-up in 2013 but found a structure upon which to build her art and go on to become regarded in the music industry.
Niniola’s This is Me album which was produced by the popular Sarz is a 13-track music project presented in a blend of English and Yoruba language, thriving on short delicate verses and melodious hooks. The album has grown Niniola’s fame and earned her multiple award nominations.
Meanwhile, Teniola Apata embraces her tomboyishness with so much swagger. It’s obvious how comfortable she is in her skin. In a world where sexiness is tagged as having a well-rounded body, Teni Adorns her body pretty well.
Teni has swiftly won ears and hearts, her sound has given her a foot in the door to people’s music playlist. It’s quite impossible for Teni not to shine her talent upon anything she’s put out. Everything she does is always accompanied with intense pleasure, one that easily flows from audio and visual devices into every heart that comes in contact with it.
Strong vocals and soulful vibes are part of the highlights of Teni’s music. The authenticity and relevance of songs such as Fargin, Fake Jersey and Pareke alongside her giddy social media clips have attracted a lot of attention and praise.
Teni, who recently graduated from the University of Georgia, is signed to Dr. Dolor entertainment. Her career took off from putting amusing covers of songs on Instagram. The talented musician has not looked back since then, going on to write a song for BET 2018 International best act, Davido. The lighthearted musician brings a fresh, diverse and charming perspective to a music industry full of cliches.
Teni began her career professionally in 2016 when she got signed to Magic Fingers Records, owned by the prolific music producer, Shizzi. Her song Fargin, a Yoruba accented name for “virgin”, is a dialogue about sex education and rape culture in the African society. The song is also a proclamation of her confidence in her sexual orientation of being a virgin.
Teni has a terrific range of artists who influence her music, such as King Wasiu Ayinde, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezar Obey, Osita Osadebe and Dolly Parton.
While Niniola and Teni might have varying music styles, they are both very highly rated. Both sisters’ journey into the music scene were totally different, with Niniola bursting into the scene upon the structure of a music reality show and Teni via social media clips that went viral.
The Apata sisters claim they’ve always had a strong interest in music from an early age. As kids, they used to sing together until Teni travelled out of the country for her university education.
While some part of the media have tried to drum up competition between both sisters, Niniola and Teni have buried such claims, stating that their relationship as sisters is stronger than ever. Teni revealed that her elder sister is one of her strong advisors when it comes to making decisions regarding her music business.
The Apata sisters are at the threshold of their careers, and they can only get bigger and better on their musical journey. Knowing that they can be a pillar for each other without getting into the others way is a big boost for the sisters.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for a collaboration between Niniola and Teni and blossoming careers that go on to be legendary.