Nigerian singer, Teni Makanaki has been featured in a new edition of international magazine, Vogue.
Teni continued her steady rise as she featured in an interview by Fashion News Director, Chioma Nnadi. Her latest achievement is coming on the back of her ‘Sugar Mummy’ single.
‘Sugar Mummy’ in Nigeria is a colloquial context used to describe women who sleep or go out with younger men and give them money and other benefits in return.
Teni however is seeking to redefine the words in a more special way as she aims to give it a wholly new meaning.
An excerpt from the interview said; “Teasers for her upcoming “Sugar Mummy” video are all over her Instagram account, each one more audacious than the next. There she is, decked out in traditional Nigerian pink lace, a bedazzled fascinator perched atop her signature durag like a crown. Another clip features Apata casually swinging off the side of one of Lagos’s distinctive yellow danfo buses, dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans, and a towering cobalt blue headwrap, or gele. The aesthetic lies somewhere between streetwise cool kid and soigné West African auntie, and somehow hits just the right note.”
The singer said about her upcoming ‘Sugar Mummy’ video;
“I want to make ‘Sugar Mummy’ a positive term. She is a woman with swag, who looks good, who is proud to be different.”
Teni’s regular and funny videos on the social media, her dress culture which is tagged masculine and freestyles have set her a path ahead of her peers. Less than a year after she won the next rated artiste, she has taken her music to a greater level, going on local and foreign tours and making her unique voice a household identity.
She said about her identity; “There’s an assumption that women have to look a certain way to be feminine, but I don’t want to conform to that stereotype,” she says. “My thing is this: You don’t get to decide how I choose to live my life. I’m being me—respect that. UGA, the university I went to, was mostly PWI—that’s short for a predominantly white institution. I remember someone even asked me if I had elephants in my backyard, it was wild. The other students would look at me crazy when I showed up to class in traditional dress, too. But you know that’s who I am. That’s my culture. If you can wear your blue jeans, I can wear this.”