The name Black Roses is derived from my first name, Rose. I tend to feel that I am as rare as a Black Rose and thus a bunch hard to find or replicate. I am black, and so with every pluck of my flower, so many stories and deepness from within falls.
Founded in 2009 as part of a university school assignment – this blog has given me the deserved space and freedom to share my feelings with the world. From rants, raves to love and loss. I find writing so therapeutic as I am poetic at heart. It is here that I found refuge when I was let down and heart broken or needed a space to share my happiness and gratitude. I coined the category prosetry from the fact that I mostly fuse poetry with prose. However, not all poems and short stories on this blog are based on my personal life. A lot has been inspired by many people I’ve met or dreamt about.
The blog is at 11 years old now. Since it’s inception, I have sharpened my writing skills, expression, tastes and preferences, and find that I now have a more journalistic approach to posts. I love detail and long features.
I am also the founding editor of Coke Studio Africa’s blog and Not Just Ok East Africa. I have worked as Associate Editor of UP Magazine, contributed for various organizations including Goethe-Institut. DSTV, Kenya’s Saturday Daily Nation, international magazine on African Fashion and Achievements: ARISE, Smartlife Magazine and YUMMY Magazine, among many others.
I am a journalist turned Music and Entertainment Publicist. In 2017, I officially founded my PR Agency, Anyiko Public Relations, based in Nairobi. I am also a music curator and love to share music playlists. In 2020, I joined Apple Music as an independent freelancing music curator. I have worked as a part-time model before. Being featured in fashion spreads among them True Love Magazine and Healthy Woman Magazine as a cover model was cool. For 7 years, I worked as a TV Host, Producer and Director on Grapevine TV Show on KBC, Kenya’s longest-running entertainment magazine show. I wrote about it here
I am still on a learning curve, joyously gravitating towards authenticity, African achievement and celebration. Join me!