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 OlakunbiOyelese, creative director of emerging Nigerian fashion label; April by Kunbi at MMR 2013.

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.

1. AAMAA a la Mode
Creative Director: ToyosiMobereola
An emerging womenswear fashion label inspired by Globalisation.
Social media:
Instagram: @ladyt061
Twitter: @a_la_mode_tee

2. Ms Ray
Creative Director: AnthoniaNkem Raymond
Clothing line which aims to justkeep 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: TehilahAbakasanga
Fashion brandcentred 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: OgochukwuAkabogu
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

8. AbbykeDomina
Creative Director: AbbykeDomina
Fashion design & styling brand hoping to be known for beautiful fabrics and styles.
Social Media:
Instagram: @abbykedomina
Twitter: @nikkikiraj

9. 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: TundeAdeyemi
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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About Music Meets Runway
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.

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