National Award: Singer Teni Responds to Critics, Appreciates God and Federal Government

A popular Nigerian singer, Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni has finally reacted to her critics after days of social media conflicts and trials about her national award.

Teni, Burna Boy, 2Baba, and others received national awards days ago. Teni and the other singers were awarded the Members of the Order of the Niger (MON).

National Award: Singer Teni Responds to Critics, Celebrates God and Federal Government

Nigerians on social media, however, didn't take it kindly to her because of what they described as her ill-mannered attitude while receiving the award from President Muhammadu Buhari. This is because as Nigerian culture demands, she was expected to show respect by bowing her head or showing moves of approval. Many supporters of Teni said that her behavior was a peaceful protest against the failure of Mr. Buhari's government.

After days of social media battle, Teni finally posted a video on her instagram page with a trending caption. In her post, she thanked the almighty God for the opportunity to receive the national award. She also thank the federal government, her loved ones, and her supporters for the award.

"With honor and gratitude to God, it was indeed a joyous moment to receive a National Honor yesterday. I was conferred MON (Member of the Order of the Niger) by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR @muhammadubuhari President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the National Awards Committee headed by Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, the Emir of Lafia, after diligently going through over 5,000 submissions."

"Special thanks to God for this, the Federal Government, my loved ones, and to you all supporting me from day 1," Teni captioned the video of her receiving the National award.

Teni, however, dedicated the national honor to her family and encourage young people, especially, girls to not give up as there is nothing impossible.

"This honor is for the entire family of Rt. Brigadier General Simeon Olaosebikan Apata (Ascend), My Father."


"I was given this award for “consistent and meaningful participation in community and/or national development; rendering unsolicited, selfless and philanthropic services to humanity; outstanding sacrifice in the defense of a cause popularly adjudged to be positive, relevant and beneficial to the nation and community.’’

"To all the young girls this one is for you. Let’s not forget to stop dreaming. Nothing is impossible. Back to the work that got me here. New music soon," she concluded.

Teni's post serves as an indirect response to her critics who thought she was not appreciating the award. Many have responded in her support and commended her for sharing the post to express her feelings against public misinformation.

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