Lupita Nyong'o To Publish Children's Book

Lupita Nyong'o
The actress revealed "Sulwe" will hit shelves next January

It seems there is no end to Lupita Nyong’o’s talents. The Oscar-winning actress has just announced she will be publishing a children’s book next year.

Aimed at five to seven-year-olds, “Sulwe” meaning "star" in Luo, Lupita’s native language, tells the tale of a young girl who is struggling to accept the colour of her skin, the New York Times reports.

Lupita posted on her Instagram page: “I am so pleased to reveal that I have written a Children’s book! It is called ‘Sulwe’! Sulwe is a dark skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, and awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty. She encounters lessons that we learn as children and spend our lives unlearning.”

The story echoes that of Lupita’s own childhood. The Kenyan-Mexican admitted in a 2014 Essence luncheon speech that it was only when she saw black model Alek Wek achieve success on the catwalk that she was able to see herself as beautiful.

Although the speech went viral, Lupita said she was inspired by the reaction and wanted to have a similar impact on a younger audience.

She said: “This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin.”

We can't wait to read it!

Sulwe will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

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