Lupita Nyong’o Drops ‘Sulwe,’ Children’s Book an Ode to Dark-Skinned Kids

Lupita Nyang’o explained on her reason for writing the book and to help children learn to “love the skin they’re in,” pulling from her own childhood experiences with colorism.

The book ‘SULWE’ by award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, has made its debut in the U.S With the book priced on Amazon retailing at Ksh. 1,305 ($12.59).

According to Okayafrica  The actress has been promoting the new book with several interviews and appearances. Last week, she appeared on BBC Newsnight where she spoke openly about her experience growing up in a world that places more value on lighter skin and Eurocentric features. “Colorism is the daughter of racism,” said Lupita

She further explained that  Sulwe is all about self-love, the protagonsit is inspired by the actress herself (and even wears a dress the same that’s the same shade of “Nairobi Blue” as the one she wore to the 2014 Oscars).

lupita sulwe book cover

The book was illustrated by Vashti Harrison, who colors its pages with whimsical drawings of young Sulwe. A short description of the book below:

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

She’s described the book as a “liberal autobiography,” meant to help dark-skinned children realize their worth and beauty. “It took a while for me to find my stride and learn to love the skin I’m in,” said Lupita in an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday. “I wrote this book to help little kids get there a little faster.”

Sulwe is now available everywhere and can also be purchased on amazon.