Oyinkansola Aderibigbe who is professionally known as Ayra Starr is a Nigerian Afro-pop singer-songwriter and fashion & face model. She was born on the 14th of June, 2002, and hails from Benin, Edo State. She was raised in Lagos State and was born into a Christian family.
Ayra Starr once described herself as "Celestial being", "heart made of glass and her mind of stone".
Growing up between Nigeria and the Benin Republic, Ayra always loved music and came from “a very musical home; music brought everybody together.” But unlike many West-African teens, Ayra wasn’t forced to play it safe when it came to choosing a career but was pushed to follow her dreams. It was her mother’s words of encouragement that motivated Ayra: “My mum would always call me asking me to follow through with music”.
In December 2019, she posted the original song ‘Damage’ onto her page, which caught the attention of Mavin Records, the iconic Nigerian record label that has fostered the careers of Tiwa Savage, Rema and Wande Coal. It was through Don Jazzy [Mavin Records boss], who first introduced Ayra to music production. In a matter of months, Ayra went from producing covers in her bedroom to sitting in a music studio and has produced her first body of work.
Not only is Ayra grateful for the support, but she’s also glad to be a rising star during Nigeria’s era of global dominance, where artists like Burna Boy, WizKid and Davido continue to smash the international music charts. “Thank God, at last! Witnessing this motivates me to make more music because I know that not just Nigerians are listening to me now. I’m reaching people in countries I never even knew would like my music.”
Following the release of her EP, She has appeared on various interviews - one of which has been the Midday Oasis with Do2dtun where she talked about her influences and reception so far by music lovers and the music industry.