Lupita Nyong’o Promotes ‘Sulwe’ At Book Expo America

03 June of 2019 by

Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo has been camping at Book Expo America 2019 which kicked off last week at the Javits Center to promote her new children’s book “Sulwe”.

Authors Tami Charlie, Derrick Barnes and ABC’s Linsey Davis joined illustrators Jerry Pinkney and Vashti Harrison, who is also the illustrator  of Nyong’o’s book, to talk about the importance of picture books as well as showcasing their new books in the expo.

Nyong’o on social media seemed excited with her first book signing, saying how important the book is to her.

My first #Sulwe signing! This story is near and dear to my heart and it was wonderful to begin to share it today. The best children’s books plant a seed for children to grow and draw from throughout their lives. If Sulwe does that for even one young reader, I would be delighted.✨” she posted.  

The book was first announced in 2018 when Nyong’o revealed the name, a Luo word meaning “star”.

It tells the story of a young girl growing up in Kenya who has the darkest skin color of all her family and is determined to find a way to lighten her skin. She embarks on an exciting adventure in the night sky coupled with advice from her mother which helps her see beauty differently.

This is actually Ny’ongo’s story who once confessed that being a Luo and dark skinned made her uncomfortable.

“I developed this discomfort in all things that identified me as ethnically Luo when I was a teenager,” she told Vogue in 2015.

“So there was a certain amount of shame attached to my mother tongue.


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