Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is working on a picture book
Lupita Nyong'o attends the National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:59AM EST
NEW YORK - Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is working on a picture book.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Thursday that Nyong'o's "Sulwe" will come out next January. According to the publisher, the Kenyan actress' debut book will be a story about "colourism," the favourable treatment given to people with lighter skin. Sulwe is a 5-year-old girl from Kenya coming to terms with her dark skin. The book's illustrator is still to be determined.
Nyong'o said in a statement that the book would draw on her own experiences of being "taunted" about her skin.
Nyong'o won a best-supporting actress Oscar for "Twelve Years a Slave." Her other credits include "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and the upcoming "Black Panther."