Teniola Apata also known as ‘Teni the Entertainer’ breaks new boundaries for youth empowerment as the first-ever cover of the maiden edition of the new bi-monthly youth empowerment publication – ‘The Zebra magazine’ (The Zebra Africa) which launched its digital copy over the weekend.

Teni’s eccentric personality shines through in the charismatic cover which featured the rising music star serving a ‘neo-modern/alte’ look, styled like a ‘Rockstar’ in a simple white shirt, gold lips, with her ‘durag’ on, and her golden chains down low, on a set that feels very icy and futuristic.

In her cover feature, Teni shares her story to inspire and motivate young dreamers everywhere.  The music star who started her career in 2017 with her single ‘Fargin’ explained that music has always been her passion and what she excelled in. She stated that she was honestly surprised with her level of success in the music industry and attributes it to God.

When asked how she deals with the pressure and scrutiny of living in the public eye, and how she uses her celebrity to empower the next generation, she says “I don’t look at the situation that way though, I am just living the best life I can as every other human being should – taking it one day at a time and trying to be a better person and trying to set the right examples so I can motivate those who look up to me” she explained. “I’m not under any pressure to please anybody, I’m just living my life and trying to be a good person, placing humanity first than anything else”. Teni also provided counsel to the young ones stating that “it is important to be passionate, consistent and excellent in your trade and in due time, success is guaranteed”.

‘The Zebra’ magazine is a new youth-focused publication created by youths, for youths, to inspire the young achievers of the future. The magazine which is an initiative of ‘Route A’, (a social initiative focused on preparing youths for a productive future) is focused on creating content that will entertain, inspire and motivate young Nigerians to achieve their full potential.

The magazine shall be distributed in print across multiple key youth attractions in Lagos, through fun youth activations, with the digital copies now available online.  Get the full cover story on Teni the Entertainer via the following



Creative Team for Cover Shoot

Photography: Nora Awolowo (@noraawolowo)

Styling: StylePundit (@stylepundit)

Make-up: Oyerinde Iyanuoluwa (@annas_brows)

Creative Direction: Aaron Ahalu (@aaronahalu), Janet Ekpo (@ekpojanet), Omotoke Ogunfuye (@motoke_), Tobean Avatur (@tobean.avatur)

Supported by: The Zone Agency (@thezoneagency)