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‘I got admitted into university at 14’ – Ayra Starr

Cursory: Ayra Starr, a Nigerian artist, shared that she entered university at 14, per her mother’s wish. See full details…

Nigerian artist Ayra Starr shared that she gained admission to university at the age of 14. She explained that her mother insisted she complete her degree before pursuing music, as she aspired to become a teenage pop star.

In a recent interview with Billboard News, she recounted how her mother used music as leverage throughout her childhood. Initially hesitant to relocate to Lagos from Benin Republic, she eventually agreed after her mother convinced her of Lagos’s musical opportunities.

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She understood that waiting until the typical age of 15 or 16 to finish secondary school would hinder her dream of becoming a teenage pop star.

Therefore, she took her JAMB exam early and secured admission into a good university for a three-year International Relations course. Following her graduation, she began posting music covers online and was signed to Mavin Records label the same year.

In 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 crazy 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].”

Credits: ALLSCHOOL, Dailypost

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So inspiring

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