Teni's Sugar Mummy Stirs Mixed Reviews From Music Lovers


It is no longer news that to make a name in the Nigerian music industry it’s important to be strategic. You need to plot your moves carefully and have a reliable line of action. The music industry is currently open to newer acts who are approaching their crafts in inventive ways and one person whose name readily comes to mind in this regard is Teni Entertainer. An energetic singer and performer who sways the audience with her peculiar style.



One striking thing about Teni is her sound. It’s unlike any other. It is seemingly a result of her growing up in a musical background where she familiarized herself with various instruments and sounds. She’s a sister to Afrobeats sensation Niniola. Signed to Dr. Dolor Entertainment, she is quickly accruing a massive following both locally and internationally.

Even though Teni is relatively new to the Nigerian music industry, she has given us so many jams that you couldn’t possibly count them all on one hand. She has positioned herself as one of the emerging artists poised to take over from industry veterans. Another interesting thing about her brand as an artist is how she strings her fans along by connecting with them on social media.

Teni won the Rookie Of The Year award at the Soundcity MVP Awards in December 2018. It was well deserved. Despite that Peruzzi made a name for himself as a new act, Teni was on a streak. She released several hit singles including Askamaya, Wait, Fake Jersey, Case, and many more. She continued to amass more fans and her music penetrated nooks and crannies all over the nation. She immediately became a superstar and was highly sought after, going for shows here and there.

Teni Entertainer

The exceptionally talented singer was included in the Notjustok list of acts to watch out for in 2019. Music lovers and critics monitored her every move as they anticipated whatever material carried her mark or imprint. She dropped a single Party Next Door sometime in March. It was a decent jam and her fans willingly drank from their favorite singer’s juice.

She also collaborated with Boj on Obe, Naira Marley, Rexxie, and Zlatan on Foti Foyin, King Perryy on Murder, and more. Her fan base has become bigger and she has gone on a tour to numerous cities across Europe and Canada. Teni Makanaki has since been on a steady rise and the sky is definitely the limit for the youngster. She is redefining what it means to be a female artist in the Nigerian music industry.

An efficient strategy that Teni uses to engage her audience is posting of skits on social media. She makes random videos of cockamamie acts which she uploads on her Twitter and Instagram. The videos give her fans and music lovers an idea of what Teni does when she’s not in the studio cooking up tunes or killing shows. As a matter of fact, this strategy contributed heavily to her becoming a pop star. People thoroughly enjoy watching her be herself so she doesn’t have to fake it to be loved.

Teni Makanaki

A few weeks back, one of Teni’s goofy videos went viral on social media. In the video, Teni was ludicrously dressed like a ‘sugar mummy’, acting as a bus conductor. It was received with mixed reviews on social media. Teni went ahead to release a single Sugar Mummy as well as the visuals. The song had elements of Zanku and the instrumental was produced by Rexxie.

Many people questioned the motive behind the song. The song was quite different from the singer’s usual style as it seemed like she intended to appeal to the streets.

Personally, I don’t think it was a bad song. However, it is somewhat an ill-advised move. It would appear that after featuring on Rexxie’s Foti Foyin, Teni developed an affection for the sound and wanted to experiment with it. In the course of doing this, Teni stripped essential parts of her style and the result wasn’t as pleasing as she expected it to be. This is not to say that the song won’t be a success or that Teni’s music career is likely to falter. It’s merely an observation and I strongly believe that Teni needs to calm down and stay in touch with her original self and sound.