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| Name = May7ven | Img = may7ven performing.jpg | Img_size = | Img_capt = Singer, Entertainer May7ven Performing in Lagos, Nigeria 2008 | Background = Singer, Songwriter, Dancer | Birth_name = Oluwayemisi May Odegbami | Born = 7 May 1984 (1984-05-07) (age 30)
Ibandan, Nigeria
| Instrument = Singing, drums | Voice type (s) = Soprano, | Genre = pop, Funk ,hip hopl[1] funk | Occupation = Singer, songwriter, actress model, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist & Developer | Years_active = 2007– present | Label = Best Entertainment,2004-Present | Associated_acts = Aeon Manahan, Michael Jackson | URL = [ }}


Oluwayemisi May Odegbami, known professionally as May7ven, is a singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, actress, model and entreprenure and creator of Afr&b music. May7ven was born on May 7 1984 in Ibadan, Nigeria she debuted in 2008 in the UK with single Hands Up, which she co-wrote with song writer & producer Aeon Manahan also known as Step. "Hands Up", the lead single from her debut album yet to be released, introduced elements of Afr&B, a musical and dance style May7ven created in the chart topping music video which reached No.7 on MTV Base UK, Europe and Africa amongst a number of other worldwide video charts under her own record label Best Entertainment Global with her business partner Mark Best. While the single did exceptionally well on the screens, it however failed to impact radio and national charts due to the lack of promotion and distribution. The single however was the highest rated urban single plugged by DJ's in UK & Germany according to The Playcenter CEO Stuckee Willboughby averaging 8 out of 10 and reached No.3 on the DMC World Charts. The single was also included in a number of urban RnB charts in Germany and Sweden, followed by extensive tour dates in Europe.

In summer 2009 Take off my clothes/Bo Aso La Ra Mi, another independently release produced and co-written by Aeon Manahan was releaed in the UK and Nigerian markets. The epic cinematic chart topping video confirmed May7ven's uniqueness crowning her the "The Queen and Creator of AFR&B music". With her acrobatic dance displays while using traditional Nigerian dance steps in an ultra modern sleek futuristic award winning music video which Stayed on the Top 10 Nigerian Charts Nigeezy, Ben TV and for over 20 weeks, Music Africa, Hip on TV, Soundcity Top 10, Top 10 MTV Base UK, Europe and Africa, Channel AKA and much more; making her the first Nigerian born female artist to achieve this with one video. The song which has the chorus in Yoruba was co written by May7ven and Ian Step Thomas who also produced the music. The release of the video landed May7ven with a major deal with Africa's largest Mobile Giants Globalcom as an ambassador and on a 18 city tour deal estimated millions. With an offer she couldn't refuse and an opportunity to tap into the nigerian Music market, May7ven spent 6 months touring and performing all over Nigeria including performances for the president at the villa in Abuja August 2009. May7ven quickly gain huge popularity with her explosive stage performances, elaborate wardrobe, style and video which won her, her 1st award at the biggest award celebration NMVA (Nigerian Music Video Award 2009) for Best Video in Europe being the 1st female to ever win in this category. She was also signed up for some of the biggest brand relaunches from Guiness, Exxon Mobile, Zain and Nigerian Bureaus and Nigerian Law Bar Association which gave her a unique marquee value with only one release. With so much achieved independently May7ven has her eyes on American music markets where UK Critics have often comment that "her music is better suited for the U.S market where she will do very well" Entertainment focus commented that "The UK finally have an artist that can compete with the Americans" After making an impression on Akon, including some of the biggest booking agents in the states, discussions have already started on her U.S take over bid early 2010.

Early life[edit]

May7ven was born in Ibadan, Nigeria to one of Nigerians greatest footballing & sports legends, Chief Segun Odegbami (MON) and a Nigerian Mother mother Jumoke Tejumola a chartered Accountant and ex athlete. She attended Bodija International School before relocating to the UK by the age of 6 with her mother, her brother Junior Odegbami and sister Funmi odegbami and settled in London. May7ven's has other siblings Tolu Odegbami, Steven Odegbami and Mo Odegbami who lived in Nigeria with their mothers. During her adolescence, May studied, Music, Sound Engineering and Architecture. She joined her church choir when she was 10 and started teaching street dance at her local community center in Kensal Green when she was just 14 to children and young adults. In 1999 during RnB Singer Adina Howard's UK tour, the underage May7ven battled the singer and her dancers and won infront of a large audience at the Hammersmith Appollo. She became a songwriter and backing vocalist while in high school after being spotted on MTV after they visited her local community centre/recording studio to film. Inundated with offers following the show, May7ven was invited to perform for music executives including Ronald Amanze who had already signed UK's biggest rap artist Phoebe 1 who immediately signed her up to his label subsequently May7ven was also invited to Virgin records by A&R Exec Nigel Howard after listening to her singing down the phone but unfortunately as complex discussions began, Nigel left virgin and discussions ceased.

== 1997–2009: Songwriting and backing vocals ==

May7ven began songwriting and backing vocals in 1997 when she provided backing vocals for Phoebe1, Wayne Marshall, Ebony, LLoydie Crucial and KRS1. May7ven can be heard providing backing vocals on various tracks of RnB Singer Jamelia's 2000 debut Album Drama on Money, One Fine day and Bout it feat. Rah Digga produced by Colin Emmanuel. She later went on to work with, tour and supported some of the biggest names in concert around the world including Blu Cantrell, Beverly Knight, Mary J, Angie Stone Stevie Brookstein. Akon, Joe Thomas and much more in what she calls her "spare time". In summer of 2008 May7ven fulfilled one of her lifetime ambitions which was to impress the Jacksons which she did after performing for Marlon Jackson at the La Campaign Tropicana in Lekke, Nigeria. The impressed jackson commented that May7ven reminded him a lot of like his sister Janet and struck a friendship with the young artist giving her sound advice for her career and her fancy footwork. In 2009, May7ven has been commissioned to write and produce several programmes and theme music for TV and films including the 1st Eko Awards, Abuja Festival, The DJ Abrantee Show and the 1st Annual Gospel Music Awards UK 2009.


May7ven is an energetic, charismatic and infectious live performer, captivating audiences with her dance moves and elaborate costumes, fire eaters and vocal excellence. Described as the African Beyonce by This Day Newspaper and other Nigerian press. Her earlier 2008 bookings included performing in New York venue Sugar Bar owned by Mowtown singers Ashford & Simpson, Opening up for Grandmaster flash at the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland Ohio to various performances in London for A-List celebrities. May7ven was also involved and thrilled audiences at one of the most anticipated events of 2009 ‘Koko Concert‘ held at the 02 arena in London. This concert consisted of African star D’Banj, Don Jazzy and the rest of the Mo Hits squad with May7ven standing out as the only female amongst Nigeria's best. She was introduction to the stage by famous Nigerian comedian Basketmouth. May7ven was also quickly booked to headline at least 5 Nigerian Independents Day concerts over a 2 day period in London in 2009 due to her growing popularity. Her Extensive Tour Schedule between 2008 and 2009 have seen the young artist Headline a performance at Sweden's Fryshusset performing to over 4000 screaming students to the Sound Factory on Germany's popular Street Soul TV Show Broadcasted Live to Opening the Shell World Cup Football tournaments to over 40,000 spectators. Her Performances caught the attention of popular TV Mogul Bisi Olatilo who broadcasted an Hour Special Feature on May7ven on his program which repeated over several months in the UK, Germany, Ireland and Nigeria.

Entrepreneurial Ambitions[edit]

In 2005 May7ven founded Fu-mi Artist Consultants based at 1 Olympic Way Wembley. An organization that enlisted professional backing singers and dancers and provided their services to record companies to support some of the biggest names in music for shows such as T4 Pop World, Festivals to Mobo Awards. She then went on and founded popular publication Urban Links Magazine who's very 1st edition included interviews with Rev Run and Russell Simmons, Rza, Wu Tang and Damon Dash adverts from Baby Phat, Nike plus others which she eventually sold to pursue her passion for music and properties after 12months. Along with her magazine she founded Best & Co. Properties A real estate firm whos very 1st property was No. 1 Marylebone Road at £1.2million. With a knack for spotting, designing & developing large real estate, May7ven homed in on her other creative side and took on some of the biggest projects from 2007 to 2009. Her property development portfolio ranges from Developing a total of 200 sq ft of space in total across New York, Boston, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Dublin and Germany with her clients ranging from some of the worlds largest Hedge Funds (Bluecrest Capital Management) to Mobile Giants ([[GSM Association]]) In 2008 alone she set up, designed and opened the 12th floor of 9 West 57th Street, Solow Buildingin Manhattan, One Boston Place in Massechusett, 4th Floor Millbank Tower, Embankment and grd flr, 1st and 2nd flrs of 40 Grosvenor Place in Victoria, London. Approx Total project valued at approx £20million. With various business running May7ven decided to include Music Publishing, a record label set up with business partner Mark Best and latest venture [Trinity7 Group International] a TV and Film production company already producing various programs on Sky Television. In Dec 2009 she produced the 1st GMA Awards held at the London Hilton Metropole Hotel. She plans on setting up a Radio station and clothes range in 2010 and will allow each business to develope whilst focusing on her music career and album releases.May7ven is also on the Board of Directors for Motherland Beakons Investment USA with Marlon Jackson, Mayor Gary Loster, Mayor Alfred Dixon, Mayor Jack Simms, Hollywood actor Walter Jones and President of African Tourism and owner of 64 acre Beach Resort in Lekke, Mr. Wanle Akinboboye. She has a number of charities she has set up for children including TMACC (The Mathematical African Childrens Charity) and is also one of the directors of the International Sports & Music Academy in Wasimi, Nigeria.

Tour history[edit]

▪ 2008 How We Does Tour - Germany, Sweden
▪ 2009 Globalcom Rock n Rule Tour
▪ 2010 (TBC)

TV Presenting[edit]

▪ Star Host 1 Hours Special - Soundcity Music Channel 2009
▪ Naija's Top 10 Countdown - Nigeezy with Andre Blaze
▪ Atunda Half Hour Special

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Institution Award
2009 NMVA Awards 2009 Won Best Video in Europe
2009 African Film Awards Won Best Artist
2009 NYAA (Nigerian Young Achievers Awards) Won Best New Artist
2009 NMA (Nigerian Music Award UK) Won Best New Female Artist
2009 M&M Awards 2009 Won Excellence Awards
2009 AMA (African Music Awards) Nominated - Best Artist

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