Popular singer Oyinkansola Aderibigbe, nicknamed Ayra Starr has recalled how she used to show up at events she wasn’t invited to, in the beginning of her career.
In an interview with Spotify, she said, “I grew up in different cities—Lagos, Abuja (Nigeria), and Cotonou (Republic of Benin) and it has helped me to infuse different energies into my sound. Cotonou is like a beach; very calm and serene. It is a place where one can get one’s mind together.
“For creatives like me, Lagos just feels like home. Something is always going on. There is always one party somewhere. I even used to go to parties I was not invited to. There is something about the commotion and the vibe; as if everything is happening at once. It seems like everybody understands the struggle, and they are all working hard.”
The singer insisted that she had known her love of music would one day transform her life.
She said, “Ever since I was a child, I knew that one day, music would change my whole life. Growing up, I knew I was going to be a musician. I did not know when or how it would happen, but I knew it would eventually happen. Even when I was around six or seven years old, I used to argue with choir members in church whenever they said I could not be the lead singer. I used to tell them that when I became a superstar, they would not be able to tell me that.”
Speaking about what motivates her, the 2922 ‘Viewer’s Choice Awards’ winner at The Headies said, “The things that have kept me going are God, my family and my friends. Also, I met some amazing people in my label (Mavin Records). It is not just about work; they are my family.”