Ayra Starr Discusses With Vogue How Nicki Minaj Helped Her Gain Confidence

Ayra Starr, a gifted Nigerian singer recognized for her deep vocals and engaging melodies, recounted a joyful phone chat she had with the renowned American-Trinidadian Hip Hop diva, Nicki Minaj. The 21-year-old diva, whose true name is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, shared her tremendous respect for Nicki Minaj in an exclusive interview with Teen Vogue, noting the worldwide icon as a key impact on her life and artistic path.

Ayra Starr, who was born and raised in Nigeria, remembers listening to Nicki Minaj’s songs as a child, which helped her gain self-confidence and empowered her to face obstacles head-on, even challenging her teachers.

“I was on a call with Nicki Minaj… She doesn’t understand how much I love her. I grew up listening to her. I was like, ‘You made me feel confident. Because of you, I could tell my teachers no!”

The “Bloody Samaritan” singer admitted that having a personal interaction with her role model felt unbelievable and overwhelming. Ayra also stated that her sophomore album is 80% complete. With the release of her single Sability, the Mavin’s Star has had a busy 2023.

She has also made an impression on both domestic and foreign features, such as Tiwa Savage’s Stamina and Metrobooming’s Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse soundtrack. While her sophomore album has yet to be released, it is expected to include her smash tune Rush, which holds the record for being the only single by a female Afrobeats artist to enter the UK Singles Chart.

“Rush” was also her first song to be included on Barack Obama’s summer playlist.

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