Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is set to pen a children’s book which will be published next January by Simon & Schuster. The book, entitled Sulwe, will be aimed at children aged five to seven. It is not yet known who will illustrate the book, which follows a little girl named Sulwe, which means star in Nyong’o’s native language of Luo.
Sulwe’s skin is darker than her family members’ and she is determined to find a way to lighten it. “As the story unfolds, Sulwe embarks on a whimsical adventure in the night sky that, coupled with advice from her mother, helps her see beauty differently.”
Nyong’o has spoken candidly about her own experiences with self-acceptance and how she struggled as a child being compared with her lighter-skinned sister. Her acceptance speech at the 2014 Oscars, which subsequently went viral due to its heartfelt and important message, focused on her hope for the future of representation in Hollywood, and the importance of representation for young people. She said:
I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also, get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside
Nyong’o has said that the book is aimed at children in the five to seven age bracket because that is the time in which “you learn all the things that you spend the rest of your life trying to unlearn.”
The book sounds absolutely gorgeous and extremely important. Congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o for using her platform for good in so many different ways.
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