Lupita Nyong'o is about to officially become a published author, y'all! Back in January of 2018 we first heard that the Black Panther star is writing her debut children's book titled Sulwe (which means star in Nyong’o’s native language), aimed for younger readers between the ages of 5 and 7. On Monday, Nyongo announced via Twitter that the book is available for pre-order and will be out on October 1st.
I wrote a book called #Sulwe! This is the cover, illustrated by @VashtiHarrison! Available for pre-order now & out Oct 1 ➡️https://t.co/O04OLMf5XX— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 1, 2019
I wrote Sulwe to inspire children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in & to see the beauty that radiates from within. pic.twitter.com/z0gpC2neOX
The Brooklyn-based writer Vashti Harrison illustrated the book.
Per The New York Times, Sulwe is the story of a 5-year-old girl growing up in Kenya. [She] has the darkest skin color in her family, a fact that makes her uncomfortable and determined to find a way to lighten her skin. 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.
This is a great example of how one uses his/her platform to uplift, empower and educate the community. And we are so here for it!
Check out this link to pre-order your copy.