Why fashion designer Fatumah Asha is the biggest winner at TUMA 2017


The Uganda Music Awards (TUMA) held on Friday had a lot to offer on the red carpet.

Fatumah Asha

It was a little bit less than I expected because guests decided to keep it simple and clean. The atmosphere felt like being at a wedding of rich people. For an awards night one would have expected many to step out of their comfort zones. Obviously there were no accolades for the best-dressed guest and designer of the evening. If there were, it would have gone to fashion designer Fatumah Asha. She is one to look out for this year. She pretty much owned the show thanks to her talent. She dressed a big number of guests including two beautiful gowns for one of the event’s hosts Miss Deedan. Her attention to detail up to the last stich is impeccable. Deedan is such a tomboy but Fatumah did her magic. I am not sure which of the two gowns I like more but I will go with the first one that blended modern and African fabric. It was a perfect blend and the high slit that was silk on the outside opened to reveal Ankara fabric on the inside. “I am still very honored to be one of the main designers to dress up the first ever TUMA awards hosts…” she posted on her Facebook wall. She also dressed Natasha and Evie Atim among other guests. Mosaic Fashion House dressed Deedan’s co-host Lillian Mbabazi. More and more Ugandans are embracing clothes made in Uganda by home-based designers. It is good to see the designers stepping up their game and taking up the challenge. This cannot end without mentioning Joram Muzira’s outfit made by Abbas Kaijuka of Kai’s Divo. It is not everyday that you see a male guest standing out of the crowd like that. We shall be on the lookout for what he brings to the red carpet next. We could get used to a Joram of such high confidence levels. Talk about setting the bar high!

Miss Deedan
Miss Deedan dress number two





Meet Samson Baranga aka BigSam. He is a passionate photographer, writer, blogger, biker and his passion for fashion knows no boundaries. He is also a fashion columnist in The Observer newspaper.