Eunice Njeri Biography
Eunice Njeri was born on 2nd January 1983 in Nanyuki. She is an award-winning gospel musician famed for her popular gospel hits Umeniweza and Bwana Yesu among others. She is also a staunch Christian and a praise and worship leader.
Secondary school student at Gatero Secondary school
Secondary school student at Hill school Eldoret
Primary school student at Laikipia Airbase
Primary school student at Nanyuki Baptist
Eunice Njeri Music Career
Eunice Njeri mother was a preacher and she used to sing with her mother and her father had a guitar that aroused her curiosity and interest in music. When she was young Eunice Njeri used to sing in Sunday school and then joined the praise and worship team in her local church. While in school she was a member of the school choir and used to be the soloist.
Eunice Njeri says that she was rejected in many choirs because they considered her voice too deep since they wanted her to sing suprano and she could only manage alto. Her final breakthrough was in a church in Kangemi where a pastor allowed her to sing after the lunchtime service. To her shock, the congregation fell in love with my music.
She was turned down by several producers before she finally settled for an upcoming producer. He was new in the business and she recall using a keyboard for programming. Eric Wainaina’s guitarist, who was in a nearby studio, joined her and played the guitar.
Eunice Njeri final breakthrough came when a Dutch couple asked her to perform during their concert at Nyayo Stadium for free. They went on tour all over the country and she became popular. Later, she started receiving calls from promoters.
In 2005 Eunice Njeri recorded an album with the church choir then in 2007 did her first album “Bwana Yesu”.Her versatility in music enables her perform as a solo artist, as well as collaborating with other musicians.
Eunice Njeri Engagement
In September 2016, Eunice Njeri got engaged to rapper Isaac Bukasa popularly known as Izo Raps. Izzo, whose latest hit Nikujue Zaidi featured Benachi, has been based in the US for years.
Eunice went to her Instagram to announce her engagement by posting a picture of the ring on her finger.
Eunice Njeri Medical Condition
Eunice revealed that her medical condition drove her to a one-day marriage. The two, (Eunice and Issac) announced their engagement in September 19, 2016, but however, the marriage ended barely 24 hours after they had tied a knot. Close to two years, Njeri explained why she decided to get married and what prompted her to end it on the day of their wedding.
“I wasn’t going with my heart at the time, also at the same time I was very sick. I had fibroids. Bleeding a lot and at the same time, I thought I should get married. I was like maybe I should do this, why am I saying no? I have been saying no for 20 years maybe it’s time to say yes,” she narrated in a TV interview.
“And in that mix of being sick, being in the hospital and getting all these transfusions, I had a whole confusion time. Confusion made me rush into decisions I wouldn’t have made.”
The gospel singer underwent a successful surgery last year to remove the fibroids.
Eunice Njeri Interview
Reporter: You are a staunch Christian and a praise and worship leader. Take us through your salvation journey.
Eunice Njeri: I got saved when I was only seven years old. My father prayed for me and my siblings, but it really did not make sense at the time since I was too young. I came to fully understand salvation when I was in form three.
Reporter: So what exactly happened?
Eunice Njeri: I was a very sickly child and my immune system was very weak. For seven years, my doctors could not diagnose what I was suffering from. At some point, I would be treated for malaria and the next for typhoid. I was in form three and it was really depressing. I was in and out of school.
My parents, on the other hand, were struggling to keep us in school having lost their jobs. My father worked for one of the top banks in the country, while was employed by an international NGO. We suddenly had to move from our beautiful home to our shags in Nanyuki. Our lives changed completely and I turned to God for solace. Reading the Bible, I felt encouraged and at peace.
Reporter: How did you manage to stay in school?
Eunice Njeri: My older brother had just joined university and I was in high school. I was sent home every other day for lack of school fees. I remember one day praying to God to help my mother afford a packet of budget pack biscuits for my birthday. She showed up with the biscuits 10 minutes after my prayer! Each day was a miracle. When I joined form four, I was lucky to land a bursary for a whole year.
Reporter: When did you discover your singing talent?
Eunice Njeri: I started singing in church with my mother who was a preacher. My first time was awkward because I cried in front of the crowd and everyone assumed I was filled with the Holy Spirit. Little did they know that I was really sacred. My father, on the other hand, had a guitar which aroused my curiosity and interest in music whenever he played it.
Reporter: How did you break through the glass ceiling to become one of the best gospel musicians?
Eunice Njeri: It was not easy. At first, I was rejected in many choirs because they considered my voice to be too deep. They wanted me to sing in soprano, but I could only manage alto. My final breakthrough was in a church in Kangemi where a pastor allowed me to sing after the lunchtime service. To my shock, the congregation fell in love with my music. That was the sign that I was born to sing.
Reporter: When did you start recording your music?
Eunice Njeri: I came to Nairobi to live with my aunt. Life was a bit difficult in the village. I had shared with my aunt my desire to one day record my music. She was very supportive and funded me. I am really grateful she helped me achieve my dream.
Reporter: Was it easy?
Eunice Njeri: Not at all! I was turned down by several producers before I finally settled for an upcoming producer. He was new in the business and I recall using a keyboard for programming. Eric Wainaina’s guitarist, who was in a nearby studio, joined us and played the guitar.
I remember veteran gospel artiste Ruth Wamuyu peeping into the studio and asking in Kikuyu: “Nuu ucio uraina wega oguo?” (Who is that singing so well?) My final breakthrough came when a Dutch couple asked me to perform during their concert at Nyayo Stadium for free. We went on tour all over the country and I became popular. Later, I started receiving calls from promoters.
Eunice Njeri Songs – Nani kama wewe
Eunice Njeri Songs – Nimekubali
>Eunice Njeri Songs – Umeniweza
Eunice Njeri Songs – Unatosha
Eunice Njeri Music – Bwana Yesu
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Eunice Njeri calls out Safaricom for 30 Million loyalties
Updated 6th November 2016
Gospel artiste Eunice Njeri’s songs are a sound of encouragement to a heart in despair, a gift of hope to a soul at the verge of giving up.
Listening to her well thought out and rather touching lyrics, you can feel a divine direction in it.
But as at November 5, 2016, the recently engaged artiste may be needing the words of encouragement, so prominent in her songs, more than anyone else, as she brought to light the injustice caused to her by telecommunications company, Safaricom.
In an Instagram post, the soft-spoken artist posted a payment log that showed amounts to the tune of 30 million per month, unpaid dues for her music for the past year.
Eunice Njeri suspects malpractice that led to the unpaid dues. She followed the post with a caption in the form of a letter addressed to Safaricom, urging the company to remember her as a singer, whose sole source of income is her music.
The letter goes like this;
My name is Eunice Njeri
Am a Gospel musician and I Love Jesus.
Maybe you might remember me from the close to 30 Million Kenya Shillings you make every month from my music…or almost half a billion Kenya Shillings you have made the last one year, not so big in your eyes but enormous to mine.
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The 15 percent you gave to liberty Africa has been generously distributed to themselves and nothing reached me.
Today I struggle with not much to live on but a few shillings I get every now and then…. I tried my best to do what God called me to do but you made the money.
Bound with contracts I may never get anything from you….big as you are who can touch you? I can’t. Hopefully, you read this and God touches you to remember the singer…that would be me….. Eunice Njeri Mathenge.”