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“I got into the university at 14” – Ayra Starr

Nigerian Afrobeat Sensation, Ayra Starr has disclosed how she was able to complete her education early enough before exceeding her teens.


In a recent podcast where she was featured as a guest, she detailed that her mother used her musical passion against her will.

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This is because she was convinced often by her mother in most of the educational decisions she made as she was heavily influenced by her mother’s elution on music.

Revealing further her experience, she disclosed that she had to venture into the university at the age of 14 because she wanted to be a star in her teens.

Speaking about her quest, she disclosed that she enacted a three-year course and was able to finish up early enough to pursue her musical career.

Her words:

“I got into the university at 14. I feel like my mum has been using music to blackmail me since I was a child. She was like, ‘If you want to do music, you have to do this.’ When she suggested we relocate to Lagos from Benin Republic, I declined initially, but she convinced me that Lagos is the land of music.

“She insisted that if I want to do music, I would have to finish school first. Usually, a lot of people in Nigeria finish secondary school at 15, 16. I knew that if I waited till I’m 15 [before completing my secondary school], I won’t be able to be a teenage pop star. And I wanted to be a teenage pop star. So, I joined my elder brother and wrote JAMB, what you guys called SAT here”

“To be honest, the result wasn’t craazy to get me onto all these Ivy League schools but it was enough to pass by. It was enough for my mum. I got admitted into a good school. My course was for three years. It was International Relations. And immediately after my graduation, I started doing music covers online and that same year I got signed [to Mavin Records label].”

Nigerians couldn’t hold their nerves and reacted massively via all the social media platforms.

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