Lupita Nyong'o is working on a picture book

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January 19, 2018
Lupita Nyong'o (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP):

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is working on a picture book.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced yesterday that Nyong'o's Sulwe will come out next January.

According to the publisher, the Kenyan actress' debut book will be a story about colourism, the favourable treatment given to people with lighter skin.

Sulwe is a five-year-old girl from Kenya coming to terms with her dark skin. The book's illustrator is still to be determined.

Nyong'o said in a statement that the book would draw on her own experiences of being "taunted" about her skin.

Nyong'o won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in Twelve Years a Slave. Her other credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the upcoming Black Panther.