'I Was Hurt As A Child By my Skin!' Lupita On The Inspiration Behind Sulwe.

by Muthoni Kimani
February 22, 2021

Singer Akothee hosted Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o during a Live Instagram session where she discussed her bestselling children's book titled Sulwe. Sulwe is a children's fiction book that follows through the story of a young girl who wishes for her skin to be lighter.

On the other hand, singer Akothee says she was tempted to bleach her skin to become a little lighter.

"I tried to change my skin color. We were living in Nairobi. I was still married and I used to go to church and see all these lightskin mothers. I didn't know they were Bantus, its adaptation features of surviving on this planet earth. That's why most Nilotes are dark because of too much sun," she told Lupita

She added; "Little did I know that my skin color is determined by the amount of melanin". Speaking of the book's title, Lupita revealed that Sulwe, which means stars in Luo, was inspired by her mother.

"I remember walking with my mother at night, and she'd gaze at the stars while referring to them in Luo. I have always loved the sound of the word. That word Sulwe always stayed with me, and I'd say that if I had a daughter, I would call her so- this book is my first child."

Lupita further revealed that Sulwe would be made into an animated musical film in a partnership with Netflix in a bid to reach a wider audience.