The epitaph Teniola Apata, better known by her stage name Teni, wishes to be written on her tomb is now public knowledge.
She stated she wants her loved ones to remember her by writing: “She lived life on her own terms.”
She revealed this on the most recent episode of the Tea With Tay podcast, which is hosted by the actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, better known by his stage name Taymesan.
My father passed away when I was two years old, Teni remarked. Life carries on even if you pass away today. You aren’t allowed to speak your mind.
Being able to express oneself is crucial. People who judge you will also perish. So they would pass away having spoken their own tales. You pass away with your own tale. I’m living my life according to my terms so that the rest of the world will know who I am.
“I sing when I’m happy or sad because that’s how I roll. I can express myself on my terms. I won’t be here for much longer. None of us will survive to leave this earth.
I want it inscribed on my headstone, ‘She lived life on her own terms.’ Yes, I want to go out on top. I’ll pass away empty-handed.
“There are many people who have greatness within them but who are hesitant to reveal it. Believe me, there are a lot of hopes and abilities buried in the graveyard. Things that may have radically altered the world.