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Lady May

Full / Real Name: Martha Namundjebo
Born: 20 December 1986 (32 years old)
Gender: Female

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Lady May (real name Martha Namundjebo) is an Angolan-born Namibian singer who rose to fame in 2004 with the release of her first album Kamali, which won her her first award at the Sanlam-NBC Music Awards.

Lady May was born in Angola to exiled Namibian parents but returned to her parent's country in the mid-90s, eventually settling in Windhoek.

Her mixture of Afro Pop and traditional Oshiwambo music has won her numerous awards, including Channel O Music Awards in the category Best Dance Music Video in 2008 and 2009.

Albums such as Kamaali have earned her acclaim and high-profile live performances, including an appearance at the 2008 Big Brother Africa eviction show.

Other albums include Come and Get Me (2006), Pink Chocolate (2009), Tiger Ambitions (2010) and I AM: African Goddess (2011).

On 4 June, 2011 she received the Namibian Annual Music Awards in the category "Best House Music", however, after verbally attacking the audience she was sent out of the hall and had to give back the award. She apologized through a press conference on 7 June, 2011.

She was Namibia's celebrity housemate for the seventh season of Big Brother Africa, in 2012.

Big Brother Africa Profile

Lady May is an award-winning musician who can't wait to have Africa's eyes on her 24/7 on Big Brother StarGame. She sums up what viewers can expect from her in one word: "excitement!".

Lady May says she doesn't let anyone or anything bring her down and loves people who pick themselves up from life's knocks and never give up.

She entered Big Brother StarGame for the opportunity to meet diverse characters and come face-to-face with different, unique challenges. Lady May feels that the house "brings Africa together". She has watched previous seasons of the show and lists Stefan Ludik and Cherise as her favourite former housemates.

If she wins the grand prize, she'll spend some of it on "making over" her teeth and invest the rest wisely. She says her "not so perfect" teeth affects her smile and confidence and that giving herself a perfect smile would make her dreams come true.

She is proud to have won both Namibian and continental awards for her music, including "Best Dance" awards at the Channel O African Music Video Awards in 2008 and 2009. She is influenced by her own journey through life as "every single day I am always looking forward to living life".

Her role model is her Grandmother, who taughther "awesome traditional values".

Her favourite place in Namibia is her home village, Olunghono, while outside Africa, she enjoyed Berlin, where she had the opportunity to perform. Lady May says that the best thing about Africa is how all nations are accommodated.

She has a younger brother, and also a child of her own.

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