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Red Dress Saga: Rikaotobyme “did not handle the situation professionally. It’s all her fault” – Mercy Aigbe | WATCH



Nollywood actress and fashion entrepreneur Mercy Aigbe has opened up on the recent “red dress saga” involving her, a designer – Rikaotobyme – and a bride @rettypetty on Instagram.

Mercy had worn a red dress made by the designer for her 40th birthday photoshoot, a dress a bride later came out to say was hers, adding that the designer had lied to her that a logistics challenge had stalled its transportation to her in Benin. The bride said she was supposed to wear the dress on her wedding day.

Following an apology by the designer and a statement by Mercy Aigbe’s stylist StyledBySeun absolving her of any fault, the actress has opened up on the case, saying that it was all the designer’s fault.

She made this known when she was a guest on TVC‘s Entertainment Splash on Tuesday.

Speaking on the issue, Mercy Aigbe sympathised with the bride, adding that no one should go through what she (the bride) went through.

She added that her lawyers are on the case, saying: “The designer put me in a very embarassing situation and my lawyers are on it.”

She continued:

I’m so disappointed in her cos she did not handle the situation professionally. It’s all her fault and she needs to come out and clear the air and look for a way to compensate the bride and she also has to compensate me because I’m her client.

She lamented the fact that people began criticising her without hearing from her, saying she had no contact with the designer and all transactions were made by her stylist.

Watch video below (from the 3.15 mark):

Photo Credit: Instagram – @realmercyaigbe


  1. Ottawa Queen

    January 10, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Hmm! The blame game begins! Hian! Lawyers don suffer…for dress too. Anyways, I’m just wondering how do these stylists get ready-made or sewn dresses for their clients? I thought measurements are taken first and the clients get to try on the dresses for fitting before accepting them? I’m curious…so at what point was the mistake realized? After the issue trended online, during the shoot or at the point of payment or what? And how about the model who wore the dress too? Something aint adding up….So this Rikaotobyme deliberately used this bride’s dress to make money with photoshoots?

    • Susan

      January 10, 2018 at 3:39 am

      I am not a fan of Mercy Aigbe, truth is, I cannot stand her; but it’s ridiculous to blame her or her stylist. This was solely the fault of the designer. There’s no way the stylist or Mercy Aigbe would’ve known the dress was for a bride.

    • ceetoo

      January 10, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Use Valarie Davis.. (Kehinde Ejiogu). you will never every use someone else.
      She made all my wedding outfit many years ago and i think that of Toolz as well or so (if i remember clearly). Very professional, courteous, i am nothing near a celeb or even rich but she was is extremely polite, friendly… infact eh. I dont even know sef.

    • Mememee

      January 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

      moofadesigns in Dolphin Estate is also really nice and made me feel so special even tho I am not a celeb, same with Peridot. I went to her when I had a very rude experience with another designer on the island. Everytime I post what that designer did, BN does not post my comment but lets sha say it is the one on Admiralty Way who has a month in her name

  2. ok o

    January 10, 2018 at 2:22 am

    That designer needs to be disciplined so that next time she won’t do it to someone else.

  3. Jade

    January 10, 2018 at 4:01 am

    The designer Should take the main responsibility. However, the dress didn’t fit Mercy, the measurement was off. And to me that should have raised eyebrows for Mercy and dig more into it not just wear a dress like that.

    • Bola

      January 10, 2018 at 4:09 am

      I disagree, that couldn’t have raised eyebrows to Mercy. Some times even when you go to a designer directly, there are bound to be errors with your style or fitting, some designers have to make altercations to get the right fitting; not all of them get it right the first time, When your clothes don’t fit, or the fitting is odd, you don’t automatically assume or think it’s for someone else; let’s be practical here. In my opinion, the designer caused this. And this was unwise of her because, how did she expect the bride not to find out eventually, with Instagram, etc? She just lost a lot of would have been clients with her unprofessionalism.

    • Maxie

      January 10, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Thought am the only one that saw it. it didn’t fit her one bit.

  4. CANDY

    January 10, 2018 at 4:43 am



      January 10, 2018 at 8:18 am

      @Candy….Please next time this is how to type….not BLABLABLABLA

  5. Shegirl

    January 10, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I don’t believe this Mercy gal one bit ,Maryam is at fault but it’s not possible for her to hand over anyone’s dress if someone didn’t see it , love it and begged for it to be borrowed or bought .
    Morality comes into play and it’s obvious everyone of them are short of it . You should not do things to hurt someone else .
    No need to form big woman , instafame is not reality and these put people under undue pressure to impress .Mercy is not in tune with her reality. Making a legal case would bring out the truth and I doubt she will like the outcome .

  6. Beeeeeee

    January 10, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Well, maybe some people don’t actually know how stylists work. Stylists are the go-between for celebs and fashion designers. Some celebs even wear brand new clothes with the tags still in place but tucked in somewhere so it doesn’t get caught on camera. The ‘stylee’ chooses from what the stylist brings from wherever.

    Let’s not blame Mercy Aigbe please.

  7. Nelly

    January 10, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Lol… Sue the designer and compensate you for what kwanu? Is it your dress??? And this dress just have to be name ‘The dress of the year’.

  8. Kemikal Reactions

    January 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    For those who are unaware, here’s how the industry works – when a celebrity needs clothes for a photoshoot, she and her stylist will discuss the brief (theme of the photoshoot, location, number of outfits required, etc). The stylist then approaches a fashion designer (or multiple designers, as required, and based on the brief) to inquire if they have outfits that they are willing/able to loan to the celebrity for the photoshoot. Most times, these shoots are planned at the last minute, so very rarely are the outfits made to measure for the celebrity. The designer just sends what she has that fits the brief, and that is close enough to the celebrity’s size. The stylist picks up the clothes either the day of the shoot, or sometimes the night before, so typically, the celebrity does not get to see the clothes until the day of the shoot. There is usually a lot of pinning that is done on location to make the dress fit properly for the shoot. Once the shoot is over, the stylist returns the clothes to the designer(s). What the designer gets in return for loaning her clothes out is proper credits/mentions in whatever medium/platform the photographs are used.

    Given this context, it is very clear to me what happened – the stylist approached this designer, discussed the brief for Mercy Aigbe’s 40th birthday photoshoot, and asked if she had anything suitable. The designer’s mind immediately went to the red dress which she had just finished making and was about to send off to a bride in Edo State. Being a calculating and self-serving person, she could not pass up the opportunity to get the credit for dressing Mercy, knowing that the photos would definitely trend on social media. She gave them the dress for the shoot, probably believing that the dress would be returned in time for her to send it on to the real owner. But of course, that didn’t happen, and kata kata burst.

    The designer is unscrupulous, unprofessional, unethical, and 100% to blame for this entire mess. She owes compensation to the bride, for causing her undue stress and heartache on what was arguably the biggest day of her life. She also owes compensation to Mercy, for dragging her into this nonsense and bringing her name into disrepute. Definitely a matter for lawyers to sort out, although I doubt that the injured parties will get anything substantial from this scoundrel masquerading as a fashion designer.

  9. Lailatu

    January 10, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    @ Nelly, I mistakenly liked your comment, didn’t mean too. She can sue for the embarrassment caused I guess. But really it’s not Mercy’s fault, was she supposed to have been asking her stylist about the history of the dress?

    • Nelly

      January 10, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Awww… Sorry honey…. You didn’t realize I was trolling… Hope you had s nice day?

  10. Ello Bae

    January 10, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    BN why is that we can reply to some messages and others we can only “love this”?

  11. anon

    January 17, 2018 at 10:08 am

    it’s crazy how nobody mentioned the fact that disabled people were called imbeciles in this video.That is totally unacceptable.

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