Netflix has announced that it will adapt the picture book Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong’o, with illustrations by the artist Vashti Harrisonen, into an animated musical.
The book, which has already been met with great success, tells the story of a young girl named Sulwe, who wants her skin to be lighter. One night, she receives a visit from a shooting star sent by the Night that opens her eyes and changes her perspective. This children’s book is about colorism, self-esteem and learning to love yourself.
Through this book, the author, who won an Oscar for his role in the movie 12 years of slavery, wants to help children accept themselves as they are.
Lupita Nyong’o commented on the book saying, “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.
Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colourism, 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”.
Lupita will produce the Sulwe adaptation for Netflix, with a director and cast yet to be announced.