Samson Baranga, a Ugandan fashion blogger, photographer and journalist with The Observer newspaper is making news internationally after following his appearance on CNN. African Voices 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 www.fashion256.comand 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. Space when I could feature events and personalities that are working so hard to put Uganda on the fashion market,” 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.
He is known for supporting fashion events in the country and you cannot miss his popular face shooting away on the runway or interviewing designers backstage.
He was one of the judges of the recently concluded Institutional Tour of Urban Street Fashion Week in Kampala Uganda. He has also been part of media coronation for the (Skilled Expressive Entrepreneurial Designers (SEED) show partnership between fashion designer RasKasozi and the US Embassy in Kampala. 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.
Below is the feature video
Samson Baranga, an award-winning fashion blogger, showcases some of the biggest names in Uganda’s fashion industry