Finding out Rihanna knew me was a surprise – Ayra Starr

Nigerian Afrobeats star, Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, otherwise known as Ayra Starr has relished her first-time meeting Grammy winner, Rihanna.

The 21-year-old ‘Sabi’ crooner revealed that she was surprised that the Barbadian queen of R&B music knew who she was.

Finding out Rihanna knew me was surprising - Ayra Starr

Speaking during a recent chat with BuzzFeed, Ayra Starr reiterated that her favourite and biggest celeb is Rihanna.

Recounting the experience, she expressed excitement at having a chance to interact with Rihhan and described it as ‘amazing’.

Ayra said; “My biggest celeb story is Rihanna. I met Rihanna about two weeks ago. I went to the Authentic Woman event in London. It was amazing; I got to meet Rihanna. Do you know how craazy that is? And she loves me, she knew me that was the most amazing part of it. She knew me. It was so amazing.”

CorrectNG reported earlier that the Mavin Records signee was about to have her dream become reality as Rihanna offered to collaborate with her.

CorrectNG recalls that Ayra Starr, who refers to Rihanna as her role model, has been very vocal about her desire to work with the ‘Umbrella’ hit-maker.

The duo recently met at Rihanna’s Fenty event, and it was the Barbadian songstress who first told the Nigerian musician that she would like a verse from her.

A video which went viral captured both of them having a conversation on the red carpet. Rihanna told Ayra Starr that her cousin in Barbados introduced her music to her after the Nigerian star announced that the Caribbean island was her favourite place in the world.

She said; “I’ve been hearing of Ayra Starr, I don’t know who but my cousin she was like, ‘Oh my God I got this [song] from Ayra Starr.’ She was obsessed with you.”

Rihanna then asked; “Do you have a song with Tems?”

Ayra Starr replied; “That’s my sister. We do have songs but we don’t have a song [out] yet. But soon..”

Rihanna added; “You got an extra verse for me? Call me.”