Ayra Starr, an MAVIN superstar and singer from Nigeria, has achieved great success. The 20-year-old actress is blazing a trail for herself and doing an excellent job of building a fantastic career for herself by releasing popular songs like Bloody Samaritan, Away, Beggie Beggie, among others, and going on to perform in amazing locales all over the world. Starr, however, claimed that there was one very significant factor that was really important at the start of her career. There was one item that, if it went wrong, might have easily made or broken her career. The choice of her name was that thing.
As you can see, Ayra Starr isn’t her real name. Oyinksansola Sarah Aderibigbe is her name. As you can see, there is nowhere in her name where you could infer Ayra or Starr. So how did the 20-year-old musician come to have a name that perfectly describes who she is and what she does? She discussed that tale in a recent interview with Billboard. The following is what Ayra had to say about switching from Oyinkansola to Ayra.
During the interview, Ayra Starr was asked, “How did you come up with the stage name Ayra Starr? And when did you realize that becoming a star was part of your destiny?” she explained:
That is a hilarious story. Therefore, I was intending to use my name, Oyin[kansola], or its English equivalent, honey, as I like it. I then said, “You know what? I’m not going to do Honey. It has a stripper-like ring to it. So for me, it wasn’t Honey. Let’s pick a name, we said as I sat down with my crew, my A&R, the producer, Don Jazzy, and the head of my record label. I really like the way the name of this band, Ira, but I wanted people to say “Ayra” instead. However, I was aware that the only way I could get people to pronounce it “Ayra” was if I spelled it A-Y-R-A. And I Googled the meaning of the name, and everything just made sense. The name was also the most confusing thing – I had my project, I had everything already, I just needed a name. I wanted a grand name that speaks for me. And I checked the meaning of “Ayra” on the internet. It’s an Arabic name meaning open-minded, woke and someone that is highly respected. I believe that your name is whoever you want to be. So I chose Ayra, and Ayra also means star. Since I was younger, I always said, “I’m a star. I’m a superstar.” Even when I got into trouble in school and my teacher wanted to yell at me, I’m like, “When I’m a superstar, I’m not gonna talk to you.” So I added “Starr” at the end. Ayra Starr!