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Ayra Starr’s humble beginnings as a ‘mama mboga’

Ayra Starr’s journey from humble beginnings to musical stardom is nothing short of inspirational.

Born Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, this Beninese-born Nigerian singer has not only conquered the music industry but has also captured the hearts of countless fans with her soulful Afro sound.

In a recent revelation on social media, Ayra unveiled a lesser-known chapter of her life, a testament to her unwavering determination and the transformative power of talent and opportunity.

Before she became the sensation we know today, Ayra Starr found herself immersed in the world of a “mama mboga.” For those unfamiliar with the term, “mama mboga” refers to a local vegetable and fruit vendor. In a heartfelt post, Ayra shared a poignant picture of a local market in her hometown where she once toiled alongside her grandmother, selling an assortment of vegetables and fruits.

In her touching caption, Ayra expressed her enduring gratitude for the remarkable journey she has undertaken. She acknowledged the profound blessings that have graced her life, illustrating how far she has come since her days as a vegetable and fruit seller in the market. Her words resonated with a sense of profound humility and appreciation, a testament to her down-to-earth character despite her soaring success.

During those early days, as Ayra assisted her grandmother in the market, she would do something extraordinary—she sang. Her voice, a gift that would later launch her to stardom, served as an unexpected source of entertainment for customers. Ayra’s singing, a natural expression of her talent, would unwittingly draw people towards her grandmother’s stall.

However, she never imagined that her melodious tunes would be a stepping stone to her future career.

Looking back on those memories, Ayra expressed, “6 years ago, this used to be me selling vegetables and fruits with my grandma, singing for whoever wanted to hear me. Now people are paying to watch me perform.”

Today, Ayra Starr is a household name in the Nigerian music industry, and her star continues to rise. She is proudly associated with Mavin Records, an illustrious label headed by the renowned producer Don Jazzy. Ayra’s music resonates with a diverse audience, particularly with what she affectionately refers to as “soft girls and lover boys.” Her debut album, “19&Dangerious Deluxe,” features a standout track, “Rush,” which has garnered considerable acclaim.

“Rush” has not only captured the hearts of fans but is also being considered for recognition at this year’s Grammy Awards—an impressive feat that reflects the impact and appeal of her music. Furthermore, “Rush” has set a new record, becoming the most-viewed music video by a female Nigerian artist on YouTube, amassing over 244 million views. Ayra’s unique blend of soulful Afro music has earned her a special place in the hearts of her listeners, and her accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable.

One of Ayra’s latest hits, “Rhythm and Blues,” is currently dominating the music charts, adding to her growing list of successes.

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