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Local fashion blogger, Samson Baranga features on CNN

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Samson Baranga

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Samson Baranga, a Ugandan fashion blogger, photographer and journalist is making news internationally following his appearance on CNN African Voices which highlights the continent’s most dazzling people who create their own subcultures in areas such as travel, fashion, art, music, technology and architecture.

Baranga was highlighted for his role as the leading promoter of the fashion industry through his fashion blog and newspaper columns. He has been at it since 2011 when he discovered that fashion articles had limited space in mainstream media hence opening one of the first fashion blogs in the country.

“Starting out was all about providing a platform for the budding fashion industry where I could feature events and personalities that are working so hard to put Uganda on the fashion map,” he said.

He has since scaled the heights including nominations in various fashion awards like Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs), Pearl of Africa Fashion Awards and Swahili Fashion Week East African Fashion Journalist of the year category. In 2015, he was crowned fashion blogger of the year at the ASFAs.

Baranga has covered fashion events in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South African. In the interview, he shares his dream about making it to New York Fashion Week.

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Joram Muzira shares his gratitude after being recognized at the Abryanz Fashion awards

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Joram Muzira of JMM models on Friday was shocked to a special recognition award at the Abryanz style and Fashion Awards where he initially only attended to walk his models the run way. A surprised Joram shed tears of joy on receiving his “STAR MAKERS” awards at the awarding event.

“Being awarded a special recognition as a STAR MAKER was quite an emotional moment for me because it’s been a long journey transforming and fighting for models of color and pushing for more international representation of Fashion Models from Africa to the world stage.” A teary Joram revealed. Joram revealed he was delighted to have been part of the new generation that is changing the narrative of African Fashion and raising a new breed of working international fashion models, reason he started his company JMM.

Joram has over time groomed models currently working internationally, including Aamito Stacie Lagum who is best known for being the winner of the first season of Africa’s Next Top Model, Patricia Akello, and Paul Mwesigwa. Joram Muzira says the presence of his models on the international scene has changed the face of Ugandan modeling as people now realize that modeling is not only a hobby but can become a career.

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Photos: Ozward Boateng presented Lifetime Achievement Award by President’s daughter Diana Kamuntu Museveni at ASFAs

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American designer Ozward Boateng on Friday night added another accolade to his already rich collection. While attending Uganda and Africa’s biggest fashion red carpet awards the Abryanz style and fashion awards, Ozward was honored with a Life achievement award that was presented to him by the President’s daughter Diana Kamuntu Museveni.

Diana piled praise for the designer and openly disclosed her admiration for the American designer. Here are some moments while Diana presented Ozward his Life time achievement award.

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Fashion excellence awarded at Abryanz Fashion Awards, full list of winners

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A breath of fresh air to the fashion industry in Uganda and the world is what can be used to describe the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) that took place today at Serena Kampala Hotel.In it’s 7th edition, the glamorous event hosted Africa’s biggest red-carpet event featuring top 100 Starz that have made headline News throughout the year. This cemented the theme for this year that seeks to celebrate the uniqueness in everyone – The Starz.

The awards that were broadcast on top media channels including Uganda’s leading broadcaster, NTV Uganda, Spark TV and Nigeria’s Spice TV shone the spotlight on the outstanding stars that day.The talk of the night was Jidenna’s performance. The American rapper, singer and songwriter and fashion star staged his best show yet, leaving everyone amazed. From his award-winning songs like Bambi to Classic Man and to particula he sure stole the show and left all entertained.

The nights was dotted with Ugandan pperformances from John Blaq, Beenie Gunter, Eddy Wizzy dancing group. At the glamourous event, in the eyes of many, British fashion designer, Ozwald Boateng, who is credited for infusing a trademark twist on classic British tailoring and bespoke style, received the Lifetime Achievement award.

Speaking at the event; the CEO of Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards. Brian Ahumuza noted that it has been a long 7 year but all worth the while. Brian expressed gratitude to masses that have continuously supported the event but also urged the fashion industry to keep yearning to learn as Ugandan fashion spreads to the continent. He also pledged support to the young fashionistas and designers whenever he can.The CEO Talent Africa, Uganda’s leading events and Entertainment Company who worked together with the ASFAs to bring a new level of professionalism in event and business management, Aly Allibhai, said that from the start, the new partnership was meant to make the ASFAs the biggest fashion event in Africa. He added; “Talent Africa is very pleased to be a partner of the ASFAS. It’s always our pleasure to make great partnerships inorder to bring you the best events Experience. We look forward to the next 2 years as together we build the best redcarpet and awards show in Africa”

Joram Muzira was awarded a surprise Star Makers accolade for producing established models to the world.

Here is the full list of the winners in the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards, African fashion industry stake holders including fashion designers, models, icons, media influencers categories.

 Here are the winners of the night.

1. Lifetime Achievement Award – Ozwald Boateng

2. Icon Award – Jidenna

3. Positive Change – Susan Guerts

4. Special Recognition Award for Innovation – Kayiira

5. Fashion Designer of the Year (Uganda)- Kaijuka Abbas

6. Fashion Designer of the Year (Africa)- Ifeanyi Nwune

7. Model of the Year (Uganda)- Aliet Sarah

8. Model of the Year (Africa)- Shanelle Nyasiase

9. Fashion Stylist of the Year (Uganda)- Mavo Kampala

10. Fashion Stylist of the Year (Africa)- Chuck Mbevo

11. Hair Stylist of the Year (Uganda)- Ice Kenny

12. Hair Stylist of the Year (Africa)- Corrine Muthoni

13. Fashion Photographer (Uganda) – Walter Keys

14. Fashion Photographer (Africa) – Andile Mthembu

15. Make Up Artist of the Year (Uganda) – Nayha Glam

16. Make Up Artist of the Year (Africa) – Lavie Makeup

17. Most Stylish Female Artiste (Uganda) – Spice Diana

18. Most Stylish Female Artiste (Africa) – Souhila

19. Most Stylish Male Artiste (Uganda) – Fik Fameica

20. Most Stylish Male Artiste (Africa) – Bourna Boy

21. Fashionable Music Video Award(Uganda) – Sunday Allan Tonix, Slick Stuart and Roger

22. Fashionable Music Video Award (Africa) – Pull Up by Bourna

23. Fashion Media Excellence Award – Gloria Haguma(Uganda)

24. Fashion Media Excellence Award (Africa) – Bella Naija

25. Star Maker – Joram Muzira

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