A day after her 40th birthday bash, held on January 1, 2018, Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe has caught the ire of a lady, who claimed that one of the dresses – a red floral dress – worn by the actress for her photo shoot was her wedding reception dress.
The lady, simply called rettypety, said she was shocked to find the actress spotting her wedding dress in a photo uploaded on her social media handle, after her designer had cited logistic as reason she couldn’t deliver the dress.
Rettypety, who gave details of the contract between her and the designer, has pitched sympathisers against the actress and the dress maker.
She said: “This was too bad… On the 29th of December 2017 which happens to be a day to my wedding, a greedy designer decided to ruin my big day. I cried all day non stop. I bought this lovely fabric from @bshani_bridalfbrics and asked her to deliver to this designer @rikaotobyme after I had concluded the style and price with @rikaotobyme I made a 50% payment to her as soon the fabric got to her. Told her it’s my wedding reception dress, she assured me it will be ready on 26th. on that 26th, I chatted her up to ask for my dress she replied saying it was ready, as you can see on the chat above, she also said she will send pics, eventually now sent a video the next day which was 27th; you can also see that on the chat above.
“I sent the balance of 50% to her on 28th when I had seen the dress and was satisfied, she couldn’t send that day because all flights coming to Benin that day were cancelled. So we were now left with 29th a day to my wedding, I called her by 6am that morning and she told me the delivery guy has gone to the park to send my dress that she will send the waybill details (sending details) across shortly. I waited till 9am no words from her. I started calling to ask for the waybill details she wasn’t taking my calls, other times she cut the calls. I sent several messages no response at 1pm I started crying because the situation got beyond my control.
“My hubby, friends and family requested for the number and also started calling her but she obviously decided not to take any calls again. Until 4pm when I was drained in tears she then called and was apologising that she didn’t know what to say to me that was why she refused to pick the calls. She continued saying the delivery guy she gave my dress to is nowhere to be found. when she heard how I was crying she then suggested to give me one of her old dresses for me to use for the day, I had no choice because I was desperate I then accepted it. I got the dress on my wedding morning. I went on IG yesterday only to see @realmercyaigbe wearing my dress with the same fabric I bought and she tagged same designer @rikaotobyme. How much did she pay you to disappoint a bride on her wedding day? You are heartlessly wicked and you will sure not get away with this @rikaotobyme.”
The bride also uploaded a video, sent by the designer to show that the dress was ready on December 27th, 2017.
Attempts to speak to the designer, Maryam Elisha, aka rikaotobyme and the stylist has proved abortive, as none of them is picking their calls or responding to messages sent.
Expectedly, social media enthusiasts have formed a parliament on the issue, flooding Aigbe’s Instagram page with mostly negative comments, just as others believe the actress is innocent of the accusation. Some have also advised the thespian to take off the posts on the red dress and apologise to its original owner.
Commenting on Instagram, preyeuboh@lettibeauty__ wrote: “These stars hardly pay for dresses. I suspect the designer loaned her or her stylist the dress expecting to get it back on time to send to the bride. And that didn’t work out. These cases come up quite frequently; sadly everything will die down after a while until the next victim speaks up. And the cycle will start all over again.”
Another Instagram user, Paulmohofficial, said: “It’s not her fault really? I’m sure she wouldn’t have bought it if the Tailor told her it’s for someone’s wedding. The tailor should be stripped and flogged with all kinds of cane/rod.”
Another Instagram user, queen_phay@esstillo_okenwa, wrote: “lol the tailor has damaged her rep. personally I’ll never patronize her again.”
In a chat with The Nation, the actress’ publicist, Mutiat Alli, stated that her client’s decision to keep mute over the issue is because she was unaware of the situation surrounding the provision of the dress made available for the photo shoot.
“She (Mercy) only called a stylist that she wanted three look for her photo shoot and he provided the dresses,” Alli said.
“So she was not in the know of who the dresses belonged to. I think the best person to speak to is the stylist. But the most annoying part is that the designer is not saying anything concerning the situation on ground.”