- Nyong’o’s book will be for young children
- Her speech in 2014 went viral
The Academy award-winning actor will write “Sulwe” for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
The book, which will be aimed at children ages 5 to 7, will tell the story of a 5-year-old girl growing up in Kenya who struggles with having the darkest skin tone in her family.
“Sulwe will be a dark skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, in addition to awakens using a reimagined sense of beauty,” Nyong’o wrote in her announcement of the book on Instagram. “She encounters lessons in which we learn as children in addition to spend our lives unlearning. This particular will be a story for little ones, nevertheless no matter the age I desire in which serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin.”
In 2014, the “Black Panther” actor gave a speech at the Essence 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood event in which she spoke of receiving a letter by a young fan who told her: “I think you, you’re truly lucky to be This particular black nevertheless yet This particular successful in Hollywood over night.”
Nyong’o said the girl also wrote: “I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the earth map in addition to saved me.”
“My heart bled a little when I read those words,” the actor said.
Nyong’o said in which she too had struggled with her complexion.
She spoke to the completely new York Times about her 2014 speech going viral.
“I felt truly grateful in which in which had This particular impact,” she said. “in addition to at in which time in which occurred to me in which there was an audience in which This particular was resonating with, nevertheless the age group in which truly needed to hear This particular wouldn’t necessarily hear the speech.”
Nyong’o’s book will be likely to be published in January 2019.