Not too long ago, social media went agog when an aggrieved bride called out a Nigerian designer, Maryam Elisha of RikatoByMe, for giving out her wedding dress meant for her reception to Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe for her 40th birthday photoshoot.
The designer who was accused of lying in her first apology, has again apologized to Mercy Aigbe and the bride Mrs Lawrentta Sawyer, while the Actress’ stylist ‘Styled by Seun’ took responsibility for the scandal.
Maryam wrote as she shared a photo of Mercy Aigbe….
“Dear Mercy Aigbe @realmercyaigbe, I am sorry I haven’t been in touch since the the dress incident. I was actually out of town with limited internet access.
I know I owe you an apology and actually I would like to do it in person and explain so we can resolve the issue.
Neither you nor the bride deserved what happened. This is not my proudest moment ever. I feel so terrible for what this has caused you as well, especially seeing the comments and knowing that majority believe you were at fault here, which isn’t the case. This is so sad.
Once again, please accept my apology. I will continue to apologise to you and my other client, the bride. I hope we can sit and talk about it.
Thank you, Maryam Elisha”
On the other hand, she wrote this to the bride…
“Dear Lawrentta @rettypety, I apologise once again for the pain and inconvenience you have suffered these past days and I will continue to do so untill we talk I have tried severally to reach you privately all in vain that’s why I’m back on IG again for on this,
I would appreciate if you would open a means of communication so we can resolve the matter
Thank you, Maryam Elisha.”
Mercy Aigbe’s stylist ‘Styled by Seun’ who took responsibility for the scandal wrote…
“I would like to apologize to my Client regarding the ongoing ” RED DRESS SAGA ” involving my client “MERCY AIGBE” who contracted me to style her for her 40th birthday photoshoot .
I picked up (4) four dresses on behalf of my client (Mercy Aigbe) from the Fashion Designer ” RIKAOTO BY ME” on 28th December,2017 for my client’s photoshoot of which the “Red Dress” was one.
However, I was in no way informed it was a custom-made dress for RIKAOTO’s BRIDE.
This has put a dent in my client’s image for which I am truly sorry for as I handled the transaction on her behalf.
I would like to clearly state that my client Mercy Aigbe wasn’t aware the dress was for anyone prior to when the news broke.
My heartfelt apologies to the affected bride as well; No bride should be without her dress on her big day. I wasn’t aware the Red Dress was hers and I am truly sorry for the disappointment she exprerienced.