I told Nicki Minaj that she empowered me to stand up to my teachers – Ayra Starr

Sonorous Nigerian singer, Ayra Starr, has revealed that she had a telephone conversation with American-Trinidadian Hip Hop star, Nicki Minaj, and informed her that she is a huge influence on her life.

The ‘Bloody Samaritan’ crooner whose real name is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, made this known in an article on latest edition of Teen Vogue.

The 21-year-old said she grew up listening to Nicki Minaj, and she informed the ‘Anaconda’ hit-maker that she made her confident enough to challenge her teachers.

Ayra Starr said it felt surreal speaking with the rapper, adding that she doesn’t understand how much she loves her. The singer also said her noted that her record deal with Mavin Records is a big deal.

She said; “It just feels so surreal. 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!”

“Being signed to Mavin was definitely one of the best things to happen to me as an artiste,” Ayra added.

Meanwhile in other news…

Nigerian comedienne and skit-maker, Anita Alaire Afoke Asuoha, popularly known as Real Warri Pikin, has opened up on how her suicidal attempt due to huge debt made her venture into comedy.

The mother-of-three, speaking in an interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, said she was using her situation to motivate others who are going through similar challenges.

It may be recalled that she contemplated suicide several times between 2017/2018 because of a serious debt she and her husband, Ikechukwu were owing. Real Warri Pikin, who adopted a girl named Stella, noted that starting comedy helped her heal from the trauma.

She recounted how she used to give debtors advise not to take their lives because even the govt is in debt.

Warripikin said; All the videos wey I dey do that time, no be comedy to make people laugh o, na to motivate people say, Area! Even though you dey owe debt, no worry, Federal government dey owe debt.

No kill yourself. Take one step at a time. Problems must come. I think those things helped me heal like things wey I supposed to myself I go come dey tell [others]. Then I never pay the debt finish o. I go still go cry, come do video. Maybe God made me went through what I went through because [He wanted me to be here].