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Lupita wins Emmy award for 'Sulwe'

It is for Outstanding Limited Performance In a Children's Programme

In Summary

• Being teased for her colour while growing up inspired her to write the book

Lupita holding her Award
Lupita holding her Award
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Actress Lupita Nyong'o has won an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Performance In a Children's Programme for her role as The Storyteller on Netflix's Bookmark's 'Celebrating Black Voices'.

She was absent during the mostly virtual ceremony but instead used a clip of her from the programme as she read her children's book, 'Sulwe'.

In a past live session, Lupita said she was teased for her colour while growing up and that inspired her to write the book.

She also never saw dark skin in children’s books.

"That is why I wrote 'Sulwe' to help children learn that they are beautiful before the world tells them anything else. Before the world tells you what you are worth, your parents and yourself, you have an opportunity to build yourself up."