Since the online saga between a bride who called out her designer for giving her second wedding dress to Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe began, many social media users have sought to know who the face behind the controversial fashion brand, RikaotobyMe is.
For those who do not know, her name is Maryiam Elisha and she is a former beauty queen who had represented famous brands including Airtel, Delta Soap and a host of others in the past
Here are a few more things to know about the face behind RikaotobyMe
According to findings, She founded the ‘Rikaoto by ME’ fashion brand in 2009, after she was crowned Miss Valentine in 2007.
Although she is from Kebbi state, she was born in Kano state to a now retired police officer father and a businesswoman mother.
The youngest of seven children, Maryiam had her primary and secondary school education in Kano state before relocating to Lagos state to study English Language at the University of Lagos.
After graduating from the university, she proceeded to the New Jersey Fashion School, in the United States to train for eight months in fashion designing.
Maryam was discovered by an agent while in secondary school, she learnt how to be a model and eventually worked as a model for close to eight years.
As a model, she became the first face of Airtel Nigeria (Zain), when it was Vmobile. She also modeled for other top brands like Delta Soap and Sterling Bank of Nigeria
In 2015, Miss Elisha and her fashion brand received public attention due to the success of pageant contestants she clothed and the awards they won.
She had a close shave with death in February 2017 when her Mercedes Benz G-Wagon worth 43 Million went up in flames. According to her, she stared at death in the face. “I saw death staring back at me. I didn’t believe that I would die in that fire because I was ready to kill the death before it gets to me”, she told a magazine.
In the wake of 2018, she is being involved in a controversial spat with a bride who accused her of swindling her by taking money to sew a gown for her. Not only did she eventually deliver an obsolete dress, the bride’s dress was reportedly given to Mercy Aigbe for her 40th birthday shoot. The Bride’s outcry caused a general uproar online which led Miss Elisha to publicly apologise, blaming it on a dispatch error.
Her apology has been disapproved by online users who are advising the bride to sue the designer for the trauma caused by her fashion line.