Ayra Starr Biography
Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, better known by her stage name Ayra Starr, is a singer, model, and songwriter from Nigeria who was born on June 14, 2002. She is now under contract with Mavin Records. Ayra Starr grew up in Cotonou, Benin, but she moved to Nigeria to pursue a career in music.
|Full Name:||Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe|
|Stage Name:||Ayra Starr|
|Date of Birth:||June 14, 2002|
|Place of Birth:||Cotonou, Benin|
|State of Origin:||Edo State|
|Occupation:||Singer & Songwriter|
Early Life and Education
Ayra Starr grew up in the West African country of Benin, specifically in the city of Cotonou. Her parents took care of her as a child.
Both Ayra Starr’s parents and her brother, Dami Aderibigbe, hail from the Nigerian state of Edo.
She developed an early appreciation for music, and by the time she was 10, she was singing in the school chorus and co-writing songs with her only sibling.
Ayra Starr’s mother has always encouraged her daughter to follow her dreams and make a living as a musician.
While still a teenager, Ayra Starr enrolled in and graduated from Les Cours Sonou University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science.
Ayra Starr, at age 16, launched her modeling career in 2018 with the help of Quove Model Management. She walked the runway for clients like Esperanza Woman, Mazelle Studio, and Complete Fashion Magazine.
In 2019, Ayra Starr started sharing her renditions of songs by other singers, including Andra Day and 2Face Idibia. According to her, her chosen stage name embodies her beliefs and values since “it means woke and eye-opening and that’s what I stand for.” She was featured in the music video for Eri Ife’s “Dear Future Wife.” An original song titled “Damage” was released by her in December 2019.
Ayra Starr joined Don Jazzy–founded record label Mavin Records in 2020. In January of 2021, she released her first EP, titled 19 & Dangerous. “Away,” the EP’s main single, became a smash in Nigeria and across Africa.
There have been other subsequent singles by Ayra Starr, such as “Bloody Samaritan,” “Sapphire,” and “Fashion Killer.” She has worked with other musicians like DJ Big N, Rema, and Oxlade. 19 & Dangerous was her first album, published in 2022. The album was well received by critics and fans alike, solidifying Ayra Starr’s place as one of the most exciting emerging voices in Afrobeats.
Ayra Starr Net Worth
It is estimated that Ayra Starr is worth $500,000 at this time. The debut album by the female artist is number one in five different nations.
Ayra Starr Husband
Ayra Starr is not currently dating anyone publicly. She has debunked rumors of her dating fellow singer Rema, claiming that they are simply friends. She has also stated that she is focused on her music career and is not looking for a relationship right now.
“I’m not dating anyone right now“, Ayra Starr revealed in an interview with Kiss 100 Kenya. I’m single and concentrating on my music career. In addition, she said she is not looking for a relationship right now.”
She also stated that she is not interested in dating someone who is famous. “I don’t want to date someone who is also a celebrity,” she explained. “I’d like to date someone who is normal and understands my life.”
Awards & Nominations
- Headies Award for Next Rated (Nominated in 2021)
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best New Artist (Won in 2021)
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Album of the Year (Nominated for her self-titled EP in 2021)
- Soundcity MVP Awards for Best New Artist (Won in 2022)
- Soundcity MVP Awards for Best Female MVP (Nominated in 2022)
- BET Awards for Best New International Act (Nominated in 2022)
- All Africa Music Awards for Best Artist, Duo or Group In African Pop (Nominated in 2022)
- All Africa Music Awards for Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African R&B & Soul (Nominated in 2022)
Won the Headies Award for Best Female Artiste 2023
Ayra Starr Siblings
Ayra Starr has four siblings, with two brothers, Ade and Dami Adebirigbe, and two sisters, Tolulope and Jesutumise Adebirigbe. Milar, Starr’s younger brother, helps co-write some of her music and was just signed to Mavin Records as a professional songwriter.
You can connect with her using the social media handles below:
- Instagram: @AyraStarr
- Twitter: @AyraStarr