In a recent episode of the Tea With Tay podcast, popular singer Teniola Apata, known as Teni, opened up about a childhood misunderstanding with her elder sister, Niniola, regarding her singing talent.
Teni reminisced about their early days of singing together as siblings.
During the podcast, Teni recalled that their eldest sister, Doyin, always praised her for having a melodic voice when they sang together in their childhood.
However, Niniola, her younger sister, had a different perspective. Niniola often critiqued Teni’s voice, stating that it wasn’t “sweet.”
This difference in opinion led Teni to believe that Niniola might be jealous of her talent.
Teni shared, “My elder sister, the one that’s older than Nini [Niniola], Doyin, maybe she was deceiving because she didn’t want to hurt me; she used to tell me I have a melodic voice whenever I sing during my childhood. Nini, on the other hand, would tell me my voice isn’t sweet. So, I thought she was jealous of me.”
However, Niniola eventually clarified her perspective to Teni. She advised her younger sister not to be misled by Doyin’s praise and encouraged her to sing from her stomach.
Taking Niniola’s advice to heart, Teni began singing differently, and it marked a turning point in her singing journey.
Teni continued, “There was a time my school organized an event, I sang, and the whole school stood up and was clapping for me. I said, ‘I’ve arrived.’ I went back home to tell Nini that I sang in school and everybody was clapping, and she said I should sing what I sang. I sang it, and Nini clapped for me. I said, ‘Okay, we are up to something.'”