Gulu Gets First Beauty and Fashion International College

By David Martin Aliker

Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong. Adriana Lima

As a Corporate Master ofCeremony (MC) based in Gulu, northern Uganda, I have noticed that mostcorporate weddings in northern Uganda hire the services of Kampala FashionDesigners and Beauticians. Why are are we not confident of our own fashiondesigners and beauticians?

A wedding is a lifetimemilestone that most times happens only once in a life time. Imagine yourwedding as the most important day in your life and your beautician fails toshow up from Kampala or you fail to make it for your wedding because of theoften public transport challenges we all experience on Gulu-Kampala road?

While northern Uganda doesnot lack talented fashion designers and beauticians, those in Kampala havedeveloped a professional brand to their business.

Beauticians and fashiondesigners like any profession thrive on training to develop expertise.

Unfortunately, the mindsetin northern Uganda is that fashion designers and beauticians are for Kampalaslay queens who don’t mind looking like stray girls of the night life.

Emilliana Fashion andBeauty International College is the first of its kind established in Gulu,northern Uganda to train professional fashion designers and beauticians thatcan meet the demand of northern Uganda’s international guests and Residents.The School is located in Pece Division, African Quarters, Musa Ali Road, Plot5.Gulu Municipal.

Class in progress

In one year, they havealready enrolled 68 students for its two years program with support fromComboni Samaritans and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

The School offers UgandaNational Examination Board recognized Diploma in 2 years and 1 Year certificatecourse.

Its fees structure likeany other secondary school in northern Uganda is affordable. Students areexpected to pay six hundred thousand Shillings (600,000/=) per term for itsdiploma program and four hundred and fifty thousand (450,000) for certificatecourses. Students are expected to bring along their own requirements.

The School also offers dayand evening programs to enable those who are working to join them and learn howto make extra money from their passions.

“We hope to trainbeauticians and fashion designers who understand people’s shape and skin colorfor makeups and dressing.” remarked one of the school administrators.

The schools greatestchallenge is that some instructors have to travel from Kampala because northernUganda does not have qualified and experienced instructors for Cosmetology andfashion and design.

However, in two yearsgraduates from this school stand a chance of getting employed in the schooldepending on their passions and performance.

In the meantime, theschool is partnering with Tina International School of Beauty in Kampala.

“I got inspired to jointhis school because every time I pay for a beauty therapy artist to work on mynails and make up; most of them are from Kampala and I keep imagining how muchthey make to keep them in the business in northern Uganda.” remarked Brenda astudent and former graduate of Gulu University.

According to the CollegeDirector, more local beauticians and fashion designers need to be more creativeand professional. She encourages people to join the fashion and beauty world tobe able to create more jobs and compete with the rest of the world.

Emilliana Fashion andBeauty International School was privileged a few months ago to be visited byMiss Uganda in her regional tours and she encouraged them to show case Beautyfrom northern Uganda to the world.

Finally, Gianni Versace anItalian fashion designer once said, “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashionown you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way youdress and the way to live.” Emilliana Fashion and Beauty InternationalSchool is here to enable us express ourselves by way of dressing and beauty.

For inquiries, you canreach out to Emiliana Fashion and Beauty International School at: Email:

Tel: 0780956888

The author is a Blogger basedin Gulu and can be reached on

Published by La’Gulu

Aliker is the author of My Mayor (The Political Story of a Poor Elite and Rich Illitrate). Aliker is well spoken, a Blogger, Social Media Geek and an Alumni of Makerere University, Uganda Management Institute, Gulu University and University of San Diego-USA respectively.

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