The Search is On For The Next Music Meets Runway Rising Icon & Face of MMR!


The highly anticipated 2015 Music Meets Runway, the 5th Anniversary edition which will take place on Tuesday 22nd December at Eko Hotel & Suites is on the search for the stars of tomorrow.


Run by Le Reve Events, the annual MMR celebration, which has been running since 2011 fuses the best of fashion and music in Africa, bringing together some of Africa’s finest creative artists and showcasing their talents to a huge audience.

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The Rising Icon and Face of MMR competitions are run by the MMR Foundation, a charitable foundation which aims to support and empower emerging talent across the arts through the provision of grants for young entrepreneurs and models, giving them more opportunities to break into this very challenging market.
The Rising Icon competition gives emerging designers from Nigeria the opportunity to showcase their talents in a way that can benefit their careers by providing them with extra exposure and support.

First launched in 2013, with the help of sponsors Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, a grant of N3 million was given to the winner Olakunbi Oyelese, the Creative Director of fashion label April by Kunbi.

Rising Icon 2013 Kunbi Oyelese designer April by Kunbi
Rising Icon 2013 Kunbi Oyelese designer April by Kunbi


Last year, Ogochukwu Akabogu, the Creative Director of the brand Lines by Chaab won the competition. Ogochukwu received an all-expense sponsored trip to New York for an internship with a fashion house to gain further experience abroad. “Winning the MMR Rising Icon competition gave me an indescribable experience, my status as a fashion designer has taken on a whole different and better level, the number of clients I’ve gotten since I won has escalated, the publicity has been awesome and the internship in New York is truly a great initiative, I can’t wait to put all my experience to good use on getting back to Nigeria. Thank you MMR for giving young fashion designers like myself the opportunity to pursue my career in the fashion industry whole heartedly”

Rising Icon 2014 Ogochukwu Akabogu Creative Director Lines By Chaab
To enter the MMR Rising Icon competition, please follow the instructions below:

• Send your application to
• Attach at least 4 professional photos of your designs, 1 photo of yourself.
• Attach a mini biography of yourself and your brand.
• The deadline for all applications is 30th of November 2015
For the Face of MMR competition, the team scouts for a model through a public appeal. Winning the competition will help that person enhance their modelling career through becoming an MMR ambassador.
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2012’s Face of MMR winner Nkem Okafor was the main model for all of the MMR 2013 campaign images, and the MMR Foundation sponsored her trip to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week South Africa.

‘When I heard my name announced on stage, and all I thought was all my hard work and dedication has finally paid off. I tried not to cry but I did privately. Till today, this has been the best experience of my life. After the show, I did loads of interviews; my name and face were all around the country on billboards, blogs, magazines etc. My career skyrocketed; I was being called for shows everywhere, got booked for look books and several magazines. My career and my entire life changed after winning The Face of MMR, this gave me validation that I was in the right path with my career and this motivated me further to do more. Thank you MMR for believing in a small town girl and changing my life, I will be forever grateful’

Face of MMR 2013 Nkem Okafor
Face of MMR 2013 Nkem Okafor


Last year, Nneka ‘Nikki’ Anyansi became the Face of MMR 2014. Nikki featured in all the MMR Africa campaign images. Since then, she has emerged as one of the top models in Nigeria.

Face of MMR 2014 Nikki Anyansi

If you would like to be the face of MMR, the team are looking for a male or female model with striking features who is aged between 16 and 25, and who believes he or she has what it takes to be an ambassador for MMR.

To enter, email us the following:

· Attach three professional photos of yourself.
· Age 16 – 25. You must be 5’9 or above.
· For females; you must be UK Size 8 or below.
· Include a short bio about you.
· Tell us why you want to be the #FACEOFMMR2015
· Send your entry to
· The deadline for all applications is 30th of November 2015

Jennifer Olize, Founder and Creative Director of MMR, said: “Becoming the face of MMR can be a real jump start for a career in modelling. Modelling is very competitive, but entering our face of MMR competition can give you the head start you need. We can’t wait to see all the entries for the competition.”



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