Lupita Nyong’o has taken inspiration from her own childhood to pen an upcoming children’s book titled Sulwe.
Sulwe, which means “star” in Luo, the Black Panther star’s native language, reportedly tells the story of a 5-year-old Kenyan girl of the same name who is insecure about having darker skin than the rest of her family members. With a bit of wisdom from her mother, Sulwe takes a fanciful journey through the night’s sky that helps her embrace the deep hue of her skin.
In an interview with the New York Times, Nyong’o shares the struggles she faced as a child trying to embrace her skin color while continually being compared to her fairer-skinned sister.
In an Instagram post about the book, Nyong’o expressed her hope that it “serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin.”
Sulwe will be published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers and has a release date of January 2019.