Lupita Nyongo’s children’s book “Sulwe” – follows a young Kenyan girl named Sulwe, will be adapted into an animated musical for Netflix.
Lupita published Sulwe sometimes in 2019, her first children’s book. The book went on to win several awards and become a #1 New York Times bestseller.
Lupita Nyongo’s book is about a girl named Sulwe who has skin the color of midnight who wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.
Now the book will become an animated musical feature for Netflix — with Lupita involved as producer.
“Sulwe is going to be an animated movie!! Purple heartSparklesClapper boardThank you to the readers of all ages who have joined #Sulwe on her starry ride. I’m so excited for this next adventure on @Netflix! Dizzy symbol #BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre,” Lupita Nyong’o tweeted.
Sulwe is going to be an animated movie!! 💜✨🎬Thank you to the readers of all ages who have joined #Sulwe on her starry ride. I’m so excited for this next adventure on @Netflix! 💫 #BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre pic.twitter.com/AmHeC5G9KV
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 18, 2021
Sulwe is one of many animated features in the works at Netflix, a growing list that includes several other books.
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Earlier this year, Nyong’o read Sulwe as part of Netflix’s Bookmarks, a live-action series that features prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience.
“The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart. Growing up, I was uncomfortable in my dark skin. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me in the aspirational pages of books and magazines, or even on TV. It was a long journey for me to arrive at self-love,” said Nyong’o who will serve as a producer on the film.
Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colorism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and unseen to recognize their innate beauty and value. I am thrilled that the book is being adapted into an animated musical that we hope inspires children all around the world to celebrate their uniqueness.”