Janet Mbugua speaks on how Lupita’s Sulwe has helped children overcome self-doubt

by Helvine Achieng
May 24, 2021

Media personality Janet Mbugua recently had a conversation with award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o about her book Sulwe During the virtual-reading session held a few weeks ago.Lupitas book Sulwe  was recently translated to German .

“She (Lupita) talked to me about still getting emotional when she reads her book, plus how it is helping so many children and adults heal their wounds of self-doubt,” stated Janet , further describing  Sulwe as a magical and poignant story about a little girl who struggles to love herself because of how she looks and how that makes her feel.

“She goes on a magical journey of self discovery and comes back to love her self and love the skin she’s in. My sons, Huru and Mali, absolutely love the story and it has, of late, become our go-to night time reading. It has lessons for us all but more than that, the fantasy and magical experience is really captivating,” she added.

The Kenyan-Mexican actress stated that one of the things she wanted for the story was for Sulwe to have the agency within herself, liberate herself.

“I also did not downplay how hard it is when the world does not offer you a right to the term beautiful. But it is so important that amidst that, you are able to bestow it on yourself, first and foremost, because then you can bolster yourself up to challenge the world,” she told Oprah Winfrey.

I loved my reading of #Sulwe with @OfficialJMbugua today. What a wonderful moderator she is! And I loved wearing these gorgeous @YalaJewellery earrings for it. Thank you to all who attended! #PromotionFromTheHeart #AfroBusiness #ZoomStyledByMoi pic.twitter.com/qbKTKZ6uDh

— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) 

Sulwe is currently  a New York Times bestseller and  has been featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!The book has also won several awards including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work.