Celebrated actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has paid a courtesy call on media mogul, Oprah Winfrey at her plush mansion.
The visit which was at her $90 million mansion was to introduce Oprah to her new book, Sulwe and her Oscar Award.
In a Twitter post, Oprah described Nyong’o as “black girl magic personified”.
“Lupita Nyongo is black girl magic personified and now she’s spreading that magic to kids everywhere with her new book Sulwe.
“She came to my house to talk about this love letter to herself and her fateful Oscars night. Our conversation airs this Sat 10/26 at 8 pm on Own TV,” Oprah wrote.
Nyong’o has flourished after she became the first African to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the blockbuster historic movie, 12 Years of Slavery.
In her new book, she opens up about the challenges dark-skinned girls face because of the color of their skin.
The book, which was launched on October 1, 2019, was written out of Lupita feeling insecure and not feeling beautiful.
“This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin.
.@Lupita_Nyongo is black girl magic personified & now she’s spreading that magic to kids everywhere with her new book “Sulwe.” She came to my house to talk about this love letter to herself & her fateful Oscars night. Our convo airs this Sat 10/26 at 8PM on @owntv #OWNSpotlight pic.twitter.com/a8OCJdsxDL
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) October 26, 2019
“I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned,” Lupita stated.
The pair finally discussed colorism in the entertainment industry and her upcoming projects.
The Kenyan actress has been at the forefront of issues of colorism. In a twitter post in September, the “Us” star reminded her over 1.6 million followers that colorism is not “just a prejudice reserved for places with a largely white population”.
Nyong’o noted that in her native Kenya, there is an explicit preference for people with lighter shades even in the overwhelmingly black-skinned country.
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: pic.twitter.com/KsivFjWl7X
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) October 1, 2019