Nigerian talented female singers Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni and her sister Niniola Apata finally recounted the very painful memory of how their father died in an interview with CNN.
The female songstress, Niniola revealed how traumatizing it has been for her and her family, recounting that her father was shot in their presence by assassins. She also talked about the personality of her father as being kind, philanthropic and her hero. She also said that being a soldier made him vigilant and protective of his neighborhood.
“My father (Simeon Apata) was everything to me and to everyone, and he always wanted to be better. He gave his life to his family and the nation. He was an ex-soldier. He left the army due to a leg injury. In our area, he was sort of like an unsolicited vigilante.
“When robbers would come into the neighborhood, instead of calling the police first, the neighborhood would call my father first. He was that kind of hero. He was shot in our presence. It is still traumatizing. I can never, ever get over it. We can never forget about him”
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In an ode to her father in remembrance of him, Nigerian singer Teni who also happens to be Niniola’s biological sister wrote to her father saying:
“Hey daddy your little girl ain’t so little anymore, yah girl is going on tour, yah little Teni is now MAKANAKI, I wish you were here to hear people sing my songs word for word. They thought killing you was the end, but we only just started. And yes I did it, I graduated from the university. I’m working really hard to make you smile wherever you are. RIP to the bravest man I’ve ever heard of. Bad boy benzy! OGA, philanthropist, soldier, business man, and Thank you for all the lives you touched. Love you always till we meet again.”