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Lupita Nyongo reveals her 'Sulwe' book cover

By Safina Okumu | April 2nd 2019

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongo has announced the release of her children's book Sulwe. 

In a post on her twitter account on April 1st 2019, Lupita shared the illustration cover of Sulwe that depicts an African girl reaching for what could be the stars.

I wrote Sulwe to inspire children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in & to see the beauty that radiates from within

Sulwe is a Dhuluo (Lupita's native language) word meaning "Star."

The Book's cover illustration was done by Vashti Harrison, a illustrator, film-maker and author in New York.

In January 2018, Lupita shared that she would be writing a book about the struggles she experienced with her complexion and self image in 2014.

“I am pleased to reveal that I have written a children’s book! It’s 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. 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. Coming January 2019!!”

Sulwe by Lupita Nyongo is a available on pre-order and will be available on October 1st 2019.

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