She is one of Kenya’s finest exports to Hollywood and never ceases to disappoint. Just weeks after her heartfelt written tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o is making waves again.
This time around, she is doing it in her mother tongue, the Luo language. The Oscar award-winning star is excited to announce that her children’s’ book, Sulwe will soon be available in Kenya in three languages, including Swahili and Luo.
The book is aimed at raising awareness about self-love. It is about a young girl who wishes to be a light-skinned lass, despite having a beautiful dark, melanin-laden skin. The book, whose focus is colorism and self-esteem. The main lesson is that beauty comes from within.
Nyong’o took to her social media networks to make the announcement.
“#Sulwe is coming home, at last! You can now find editions in Kenya in English, Swahili and my mother tongue, Luo. My childhood inspired Sulwe’s story. I hope the book’s message can continue to travel the world for readers of all ages, but it’s especially meaningful to bring it home! 🇰🇪 #BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre #SulweHomecoming
“Hatimaye, #Sulwe anakuja nyumbani! Hadithi ya Sulwe, iliyohamasishwa na maisha yangu ya utotoni, sasa inapatikana Kenya kwa matoleo ya Kiingereza, Kiswahili na lugha yangu pendwa, Kijaluo. Natumaini ujumbe wa kitabu hiki utaendelea kusambaa duniani kwa wasomaji wa rika zote. Hasa muhimu kuuleta ujumbe huu nyumbani! 🇰🇪
“Gikone to #Sulwe koro gowo! Sani chapa mag bugni ma ondik gi dho Ngere, Oswayo kod dhowa, Dholuo, yudore Kenya ka. Sigand Sulwe owuok kuom ngimana kaka nyathi. Ageno ni kuku sigana ni biro landore e piny ngima to moloyo ne jo-Kenya. Amor sidang’ ni Sulwe ochopo dala! 🇰🇪
We are also pretty excited about the release. I personally will buy it for my siblings! Watch her read “Sulwe” on Netflix Junior:
Also in other news;
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of the most anticipated films of 2020, in large part because it was the last film Chadwick Boseman made before his tragic death.
Now, the film’s distributor Netflix has provided the first look at the August Wilson adaptation. Learn more