Lupita Nyong’o to Tackle Colorism in Upcoming Children’s Book, ‘Sulwe’

By Sameer Rao Jan 18, 2018

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (“Black Panther”) looks to conquer yet another creative field—children’s literature—with her upcoming book, “Sulwe.”

The New York Times reported yesterday (January 17) that the Kenyan actress will release her debut children’s book through Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The Times adds that the book will be aimed at readers between the ages of five and seven.

“Sulwe” takes its name from its five-year-old protagonist. It means “star” in Nyong’o’s native Luo language. Sulwe is a Kenyan girl who is ashamed of having the darkest skin in her family and looks for ways to lighten it. The Times writes that Sulwe ultimately experiences a “whimsical adventure in the night sky” that inspires her to appreciate her inherent beauty.

Nyong’o told The Times that she struggled to appreciate her skin color while growing up. She hopes that the book will plant seeds for a future lesson about self-acceptance that her target audience “[doesn’t] necessarily recognize when they are reading the books” at such a young age.

“Sulwe” will hit bookshelves next January.