Sulwe’s skin is the colour of midnight. She’s darker than everyone in her family, and everyone at school. All she wants is to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey through the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

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Kara ne ok ochuno ni Otieno nyaka lok dende kata matin nono

This Sulwe paperback version is written in Dholuo and is a children’s fiction picture book by actress Lupita Nyong’o. It follows the story of a young girl who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter. The story is ultimately about colourism and learning to love oneself, no matter one’s skin tone.

Features and Benefits

  • Encourages children to love their skin and embrace their inner light.
  • This book is also available in English and Swahili
  • Suitable for kids aged 4 to 8 years.

Gift wrapping option available.

Click here to shop Sulwe in English.

Click here to Shop Sulwe in Swahili.


toy and book bundle
KSh5,482 Inc. VAT

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Rasoa Simiyu
‘Sulwe’ (Dholuo for star)

This is such a beautiful book about battling against racism and colorism and finding true beauty in yourself. I personally can relate to this but more so bought the book for my daughter because this is a book every black girl needs in her library.

Incredible gift a child will remember

This is such a beautifully illustrated book and important message — and then to have 3 language options!

Roselyne Olewe
Sulwe and amazing book

I enjoyed reading Sulwe the Dholuo version. It was beautifully written and the illustrations mesmerizing.

I would recommend it for every child to help build their self esteem. Every family should have this book in their home library.