Teniola Apata, a popular musician known as Teni, has disclosed that she learned Yoruba language from YouTube.
The 31-year-old singer claimed that even though her parents are Yoruba, she picked up the language while living in America by watching YouTube Yoruba films.
She revealed this in a recent podcast episode of the Zero Conditions
“Do you know how I learned to speak Yoruba?” she said. It was at the time I visited America. I learnt it from YouTube. I was watching Yoruba films like mad.”
Teni also said in the interview that she started drinking alcohol in 2021 and that she started consuming alcohol merely “for fun.”
She claimed that up until then, she didn’t smoke or consume alcohol.
Teni won Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Headies Awards, and Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She also won Best New Artist at the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.
In addition, NotJustOk ranked her eighth on its list of the 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria. In a major feat in her career, on October 2022, Teni was conferred a Nigerian National Award – Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) – by Nigeria’s former president Muhammadu Buhari.