The Teni Makanaki Guide To Happiness

Teni the Entertainer

I can’t remember when I finally understood how happy people work, or if such a moment exists. I do know that there is a kind of happiness you see in people that is contagious.

Such people are rare, but when you do stumble on them, like Teni the Entertainer, you will be certain of who and what you’ve found.

 

Teni the Entertainer

It’s almost impossible to disappoint people like this, as Teni shows in the recently released video for her newest single, “Case”,  a song about desire and unrequited love.

As with everything she’s done since she first showed up on our radar, Teni has won our hearts yet again.

And because we love to celebrate happy people, here are five Teni songs that have made us feel the same way.


“Case”

So imagine this scenario. A mystery lady with butterflies in her belly over you sees some random hooligan beat you up over nothing. So she brings out her Okada gang with a team of strong black women to avenge you.

But you just don’t like her in that type of way because you know you’re with someone else and all of that.

Yet even when she finds out her love interest isn’t really interested in her, you get the feeling that Teni was fine just being herself.

 


“Askamaya”

The biggest song of 2018? We can’t say yet, but we do know that Askamaya makes you want to go to a dingy club with fairy lights that are too bright for the room and dance with reckless abandon.

If that isn’t happiness, I don’t know what is.


“Wait”

“Don’t get it twisted, love is a beautiful thing”, the urban philosopher D’banj once said. On this song, Teni asks a lover if he will wait for her and conjures the image of endless love blossoming against all odds.

It’s the kind of music that makes you want to find someone to love, or if you’re in a relationship, break up so you can fall in love all over again.

Love is a beautiful (and confusing) thing.


“Fake Jersey”

I think of this song, the Super Eagles jerseys and all the love Nigeria got in the weeks before the World Cup and I want to sing happy songs in Fulfulde.


“Rambo” w/ Dr. Dolor

This is what music sounds like when you don’t have a thing to worry about. Teni glides over smooth melodies and takes you to a beach party with friends who might be flirting with you or just being playful.

It’s loose, relaxed and cheerful. Sorrow would never exist in a world that sounds like this.