Geni is an upcoming Cameroonian Contemporary Gospel artist who is breaking into the music industry in a way that could only be described as phenomenal.
Born, Ejenyi Souma Genevieve Mireille, but known to most people as Genevieve Souma and fondly called Mimi by her friends and family, the Cameroonian-born artist is the oldest of three children, raised by their mother.
Geni had a deep love for music from an early age. Though she was never encouraged in that direction especially as people who heard her sing commented on how hoarse her voice was. Geni refused to be deterred.
Her passion for music in general and gospel music in particular, was reinforced while she was a student of Saker Baptist College in Limbe, Cameroon. Music was so much a part of life at the all-girls’ school; they sang at every opportunity. Like she says,
“We would sing in the chapel, in the dormitory, while on the queue for roll call, during our free periods, in the refectory when meals got delayed, during preps when the power would go out …we always found an excuse or a reason to sing.”
Enthralled by the voices and compositions of some of her class and school mates, Geni later found the courage to try singing in a choir and joined the Junior Choir at her home church congregation. A couple of years later, she joined the Youth Aglow choir- One Voice.
Here choir members were encouraged to write songs and teach them to the choir. This led to the very first song she wrote in 2003, titled Praise To Our God; she was thrilled when the song was recorded by One Voice.
Geni calls herself a worshiper, a simple girl whose desire is to pour her heart out to God and bring Him pleasure through her music.She has succeeded in bringing together her passion and reverence for God, and her love for music into a worship experience – just the kind of mix those who like Contemporary Gospel music are looking for.Mainly a vocalist with basic knowledge and ability on the piano, the guitar and African drums, the accountant and music lover describes her songs as her offering to God, praising the name of the Lord who means everything to her.