Popular

Lupita Nyong'o Has Written a Children's Book and We're So Here For It

'Sulwe' is the story of a young girl with dark skin who learns to "reimagine her sense of beauty."

What can't Lupita Nyong'o do?

Aside from all of her many other accomplishments, like starring in hit movie after hit movie and winning an Oscar after her first film, the Kenyan star has yet another to add to her list: children's book author.

Nyong'o took to Twitter earlier to announce that she has written her very first chidren's book, Sulwe, a story of self-acceptance, which borrows from the actor's own childhood experiences.The word "sulwe" means star in Nyong'o's mother tongue, Luo.

Here's a synopsis of the book via the New York Times:

In the book, Sulwe has the darkest skin color in her family, a fact that makes her uncomfortable and determined to find a way to lighten her skin. As the story unfolds Sulwe embarks on a whimsical adventure in the night sky that, coupled with advice from her mother, helps her see beauty differently.

Nyong'o decided to write the book after recalling the positive influence that reading stories with her mother had on her self-image growing up. The story touches on her own battles with skin complexion and self-acceptance, which she opened up about so eloquently in a 2014 Black Women In Hollywood speech.

The book is specifically written for children between the ages of 5 and 7, the age when "you learn all the things that you spend the rest of your life trying to unlearn," says Nyong'o.

Sulwe will arrive in January 2019.

Music
(YouTube)

The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tekno x Mafikizolo, Yaw Tog, Muzi, Seyi Shay x Yemi Alade, M.anifest x Juls and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Keep reading... Show less
News Brief
Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's vibrant collaboration in 'Pempe' is the perfect way to usher in the weekend.

Listen to Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's New Track 'Pempe'

Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's vibrant collaboration in 'Pempe' is the perfect way to usher in the weekend.

Nigerian artists Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade have teamed up for an explosive collaboration titled "Pempe". The track is Shay's first official project for this month and follows previous numbers including "Tuale", "Gimme Love (Remix)" featuring American artist Teyana Taylor, and "Murda" which were released in 2020, 2019 and 2016 respectively.

Keep reading... Show less
Supplied

Kimberly Anthony’s Bold Take On Fashion

Dubbed one of the coolest fashionistas in Paris, the Togolese creative talks her brand G.Y.D. Studio, journey up the fashion echelons and creating clothes that encourage authenticity.

Dressed immaculately in a swathe of angles and textures, Kimberly Anthony welcomes me with an enormous smile while elegantly seated upright. She is as pristine as I expected, but the explosive laughter that shakes her entire body throughout our chat reveals a soulful woman with a spirit so generous, even she can't contain it.

The Paris-based tastemaker-cum-model, known as @Kimberlyskinny on Instagram, may have gone down the habitual path of having enough social media followers to warrant creating her own clothing brand, but hers has been a full circle and earnest journey. To bring her bold vision to life, the Togolese creative worked with local artisans back in Lomé. Her collection of oversized garments invoke long, hot summer days and make a mockery of formalities.

Born in Togo and briefly raised in Ghana, at age seven Kimberly moved to Paris' stark and unfamiliar streets — which now at 26, she inhabits with ease. Her brand G.Y.D. Studio has created a stir beyond her own expectations — she is suddenly in higher demand than ever. With her confidence deservedly overflowing, she raises her glass with a toast to my first question.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Shekhinah Experiences 'Trouble in Paradise' on Her Latest Album

Shekhinah's sophomore album 'Trouble in Paradise' is a candid journey in overcoming heartbreak.