The Music Meets Runway Foundation Announces Finalists For The 2014 MMR Rising Icon

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Last year, the MMR Foundation through the help of sponsor; Sovereign Trust Insurance, was able to reaffirm its commitment to empowering emerging talents by awarding a 3 Million Naira grant to Olakunbi Oyelese, creative director of emerging Nigerian fashion label; April by Kunbi at MMR 2013.

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Music Meets Runway is an annual fashion and music show event, which features fashions by the new era of fashion being presented by live performances by popular music acts, including international artists. Over the years, Fashion and Music has created a style storm around the globe. The innovation, ‘Music Meets Runway’ is intended to provide a platform for talented designers, especially those who normally are excluded from the highly competitive world of fashion to showcase their unique art works WHILE talented music artists perform on stage.

In September, the 2014 MMR Rising Icon Competition kicked off, as the search for the next emerging fashion designer began. After an extensive search and thorough selection process, we are pleased to announce the following as the 10 finalists chosen as the up-and-coming designers from over 500 applications received.


AAMAA a la Mode

Creative Director: Toyosi Mobereola

An emerging womenswear fashion label inspired by Globalisation.

Social media:

Instagram: @ladyt061

Twitter: @a_la_mode_tee


Ms Ray

Creative Director: Anthonia Nkem Raymond

Clothing line which aims to just keep it simple.

Social media:

Facebook: Ms. Ray Couture.


Twitter: @MsRayByAntonia



Creative Director: Sally Bawa

Emerging ready to wear womenswear label with a clean structured appeal and an artsy indulgence.

Social Media:

Facebook: Mysallybawa

Instagram: @mysallyBawa

Twitter: @MySallyBawa



Creative Director: Tehilah Abakasanga

Fashion brand centred on the expression of beauty through handmade clothing.

Facebook: Tehilah

Instagram : @tehilahdesigns

Twitter: @TehilahDesigns



Creative Director:

Emerging fashion label with pieces that are contemporary and edgy.

Facebook: Ayo van Elmar

Instagram : @ayovanelmar

Twitter: @AyoVanElmar



Creative Director: Ms. Queen Enidiok

Inspired by her African roots, this emerging unisex line celebrates fashion-forward women and men and their individuality.

Social Media:

Facebook: Queen E. Collection by Queen Enidiok

Instagram: @queenecollection

Twitter: @QueenE4Naija



Creative Director: Ogochukwu Akabogu

Fashion designing outfit dedicated to creating designs without barriers for the young stylish everyday woman.

Social Media:

Facebook: Lines By Chaab

Instagram: @lbchaab

Twitter: @linesbychaab


Abbyke Domina

Creative Director: Abbyke Domina

Fashion design & styling brand hoping to be known for beautiful fabrics and styles.

Social Media:

Instagram: @abbykedomina

Twitter: @nikkikiraj


Liz John Black

Creative Director: Elizabeth John Black

Fashion & bridal brand rooted in making women feel more beautiful, confident & powerful.

Social Media:

Instagram: @lizjohnblack

Twitter: @LizJohnBlack



Creative Director: Tunde Adeyemi

Emerging fashion brand distinguished by confidence in sophisticated styles.

Social Media:

Facebook: Tunde Couture Clothing

Instagram: @tundecouture

Twitter: @ElisMaior


The winner will win:

  • Cash prize to help launch your career in fashion.
  • An extensive mentorship program (to be announced)
  • A feature in the MMR Magazine.
  • Showcase a full collection at Music Meets Runway 2015.
  • The winner will automatically become a Brand Ambassador


To vote please visit the MMR Instagram and Facebook accounts and like the post of the brand you would like to win the 2014 MMR Rising Icon Competition.

ONLY the votes on the official MMR pages will count.

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