Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, better known by her stage name Ayra Starr, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and model. She began her fashion career with Quove Model Management at the age of 16 before deciding to pursue a career in music. Don Jazzy is the record label executive for Mavin Records, where she is signed.
Early Life and Education
Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe was born on June 14, 2002 in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She was born in Nigeria to Kwara State parents and has four siblings: two brothers, Ade and Dami, and two sisters, Tolulope and Jesutunmise. Because of her father’s business, her family moved frequently during her high school years, and she struggled to make close friends as a result.
She grew up in a musical family, and her interest in singing stems primarily from her family. She joined a high school choir at the age of ten and began writing songs with her brother. She graduated from Les Cours Sonou University with a BA in international relations and political science. Her classmates bullied her because of her age and appearance during her college years. To cope with her feelings of being mocked, Ayra Starr turned to music, listening to Nicki Minaj on her way to school. Ayra Starr’s mother was always encouraging her to pursue a singing career and was very supportive of her musical ambitions.
In August 2018, she began her career as a model, Arya was signed to theQuove Modelling Agency in Lagos, where she worked with top brands like Krisari Entertainment, Mazelle studio, Concept Magazine, and Esperanza Women’s Wear Brand.
Ayra ‘s breakthrough music career came in 2020 when music producer and label owner Don Jazzy stumbled on her profile and got blown away by her original work upload “Damage”. Later on January 21st, 2020, Arya was officially announced as a signee of Don Jazzy’s Marvin Records Label with the likes of DNA Twins, Koredo Bello, Johnny Drille, Rema, and Crayon.
The publication of her debut EP project ‘’Ayra Starr’’, entitled with a total of 5 tracks issued under the Marvin Records label on January 22nd, 2021, demonstrated how the magnificent voice exudes flexibility as her distinctive style mixes RnB/neo-soul with Afro-pop rhythms. The EP quickly rose to the top of Nigeria’s iTunes and Apple Music charts after its release.
Amassing over 15 million listens on major streaming music platforms, the top-charting EP continues to make waves presently. The music video for her EP’s smash track “Away” aired on MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10 and was included in OkayAfrica’s list of The 9 Best Nigerian Songs of January 2021.
Ayra Starr lost her dad to the cold hands of death in 2018. This loss affected Ayra a lot because she was very close to her father. She has written and sang some songs as a tribute to her dad. She lives with her mother and brother in the Mainland part of Lagos.
Ayra Starr has no boyfriend or husband for now. Her current hit song, “Away” details the pain she faced after leaving her last relationship. She sings about being liberated and finding strength in it. She has also revealed that she freestyled some of the verses.
She has released many songs, some of which are below;
- Bloody Samaritan
- Biggie Biggie
- Fashion Killer.
Awards and Nominations
|Award||Year||Recipient(s) and nominees(s)||Category||Result|
|African Entertainment Awards USA||2021||Ayra Starr||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|African Muzik Magazine Awards||2021||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|Mobo Awards||2021||Best African Music Act||Pending|
|Net Honours||2021||“Away”||Most Played R&B Song||Nominated|
|2022||Herself||Breakout Artist of the Year (Female)||Won|
|Most Searched Musician (Female)||Nominated|
There is little information as regards her net worth because she just started her music career only recently. There are only speculations that her Net worth is estimated at $400,000.