How colourism affected me as a 5-year old kenyan girl – Lupita Nyong’o
Hollywood actress, Lupita Nyong’o’ has opened up to her fans about how she felt as a 5-year old reading books without seeing black characters.
Lupita Nyong’o disclosed this in a social media post ahead of her book Sulwe which will be released in two weeks time.
According to her Sulwe is a book to help dark-skinned girls tackle colourism by seeing characters that look like them.
”This is 5-year-old me. I reflected on this little girl’s feelings and fantasies when I decided to write my children’s book, #Sulwe. With this book, I wanted to hold up a mirror for her. Here’s why:
As a little girl reading, I had all of these windows into the lives of people who looked nothing like me, chances to look into their worlds, but I didn’t have any mirrors. While windows help us develop empathy and an understanding of the wider world, mirrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world. They ground us in our body and our experiences.
#Sulwe holds up a mirror for dark-skinned children especially, to see themselves reflected immediately, and it is a window for all the others to cherish peering into.
Colorism, society’s preference for lighter skin, is alive and well. It’s not just a prejudice reserved for places with a largely white population. Throughout the world, even in Kenya, even today, there is a popular sentiment that lighter is brighter.
I imagined what it would have been like for this little girl to turn the pages of her picture books and see more dark skin in a beautiful light. This book is my dream come true for kids like her today. #Sulwearrives October 15. ? Link in bio to pre-order”, Lupita Nyong’o wrote.