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Naykel

Naykel lives in Nicaragua, in the Caribbean town of Bluefields. He‘s not like the other kids in his neighborhood. „Sometimes I feel so different,“ he thinks. „Sometimes I feel like I don‘t belong anywhere. Sometimes I feel alone.“ The true story of a little outsider who became a great role model.

Naykel lives in Nicaragua, in the Caribbean town of Bluefields.
He‘s not like the other kids in his neighborhood.
„Sometimes I feel so different,“ he thinks.
„Sometimes I feel like I don‘t belong anywhere.
Sometimes I feel alone.“

The true story of a little outsider
who became a great role model.

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epresentation

NAYKEL


Latin America

Latin America is part of the

continent of America. Latin

America includes all countries

where people mainly speak

Romance languages.

People in Latin America mainly

speak Spanish, Portuguese and

French.

The population of Latin America

is made up of indigenous peoples,

formerly enslaved Africans and

European emigrants.

Romance languages

Romance languages descended

from the language Latin.

During the Roman Empire, Latin

was the most important language

on the European continent.

Today Latin is a dead language,

which means Latin is no longer

spoken.

From the 6th to the 9th century,

the Romance languages developed

from Latin. These include

Spanish, Portuguese, French,

Italian, Romanian, Catalan and

more.

Central America

Central America is the region

between North and South

America. The countries of

Central America are Nicaragua,

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador,

Guatemala, Honduras, Panama

and the southern part of Mexico.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day

Map of Nicaragua, with the cities Managua, Bluefields, Leon and

Granada, the lakes Cocibolca and the Xolotlan, with the volcanos

Masaya, Mombacho, Cerro Negro and San Cristobal, with the

rainforest and some of its animals and with important buildings

and monuments (the palace of cultures in Managua, the cathedral

de Granada, the Gigantona in Leon and the palm trees and fisher boats in Bluefields)

Important: A rainbow, the national bird (Guardabarranco) and the national flower (a white

plumeria). The other countries are flat. On the left side the world with the continents of North,

Central and South America.


Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central

America. The country borders the

Pacific Ocean to the west and the

Caribbean Sea to the east.

Nicaragua‘s capital is the city of

Managua. The official language

of Nicaragua is Spanish. But

people speak other languages

like Mískito, English, Creole and

more.

Indigenous peoples have lived on

the soil of Nicargua for thousands

of years. Today the population is

made up of indigenous peoples,

Africans, Europeans and Asians.

Nicaragua is famous for its lakes

and volcanoes. It has the second

largest rainforest in America

with a wide variety of plants and

animals.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean is part of the

continent of America. It includes

the Caribbean Sea with its coasts

and a group of islands. Caribbean

islands include Haiti, Jamaica,

Dominican Republic, Martinique,

Cayman Islands and many more.

The Caribbean has been

inhabited by indigenous peoples

for at least 8000 years.


epresentation

Do you want to

know more?

Symbol:

Crown

Would you like to know more

about Naykel’s story?

You can find more detailed

information under the symbol of

the crown.

Symbol: White

Plumeria flower

Would you like to learn more

about models and fashion?

You can find additional information

under the symbol of the

flower.

Symbol:

Speech bubble

Would you like to get to know

Naykel’s language?

Below the speech bubble symbol

you will find the meaning of some

Creole and spanish words.

Symbol: bird

Guardabarranco

Under the symbol of the speech

bubble you will find quotes.

Quotes are sentences that a

person actually said or wrote.

Representation in children’s books matters simply because all children

deserve to see themselves in the literary portraits of society. This gift

becomes an acknowledgement and celebration of each child’s existence.

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, who taught children’s literature, sees books as

mirrors which can act as reflections of ourselves and our world. She further

describes books as windows and sliding doors which give us the chance to

look and walk into worlds that reflect the lives of others.

As societies, we should therefore work to create books that offer diverse

stories, with diverse characters, who are given complex and positive

personalities and circumstances. Diverse, positive and multidimensional

depictions of characters, not only have the power to make children feel

acknowledged and celebrated, but also provide real and imagined heroes

they can identify with.

Diverse stories and characters give all children the opportunity to engage

with diversity even if their immediate context does not always offer such

interactions. Diversity in books reminds children that although people are

different, we all share a common humanity, equal value and equal status.

This can inspire children to go into the wider world with positive ideas and

images of themselves and of diversity and differences around them. This

will serve them in the encounters they make along their life’s journey.

I therefore celebrate this book and all other books, authors and illustrators

who make it their mission to give all children the gift of love and affirmation

in book form.

Michell Sibongiseni Mpike

A book by Naykel Alexander Niño

Illustrations by name

Edited by Sarah B. Zwick-Eby and Philippe Zwick Eby

Expert advice: Angela Bartens

English translation: Katrin McManus and Rebecca Spollitz

With friendly support from name

Many thanks to Georgina Niño and Mama Ru

1. Auflage, 2022

© editions mālama

www.editionsmalama.com

ISBN 978-3-949326-04-2


NAYKEL

a book by Naykel Alexander Niño

Text: Philippe Zwick Eby I Illustrations: name

Illustrator’s instructions:

Little illustration - Day, on white

Little Naykel (6yo), trying on a crown or sparkly tiara in

front of a mirror.

He’s still doubting whether it suits him or not.

editions mālama

representation


Bonjou! My name is Naykel.

Naykel Alexander Niño

Naykel Alexander Niño was born

in 1995 on August 13th in the city

Bluefields in Nicaragua.

This is his true story.

bonjou

“Bonjou” is Mískito Coast Creole

and means “hello”.

Mískito Coast Creole

Mískito Coast Creole is a language

spoken by most residents of

the Mískito Coast. Mískito Coast

Creole is an English languagebased

creole with elements from

other languages such as Spanish

and Mískito. Today about 30,000

people speak Mískito Coast Creole.

Mískito

The Mískito are Central American

Indians living at the Caribbean

Coast of Nicaragua. They have

their own spoken and written

language, the Mískito.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Morning, outside, on the market in Bluefields

In the background the Coast with farmers on boats, bringing fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables.

Many small stands with fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables. People in colorful clothes

are doing their grocery shopping.

Naykel (6 yo, tall & skinny) helps his mom (30 yo) with the grocery shopping. They are buying

tomatoes, onions, sweet pepper, fish (redsnapper), platanos, beans and rice.


I am from Bluefields.

Bluefields is a city at the Caribbean Coast

in the country of Nicaragua.

Bluefields

Bluefields is a city in the east of

Nicaragua at the Caribbean coast

(also called Mískito Coast).

In the 17th century Bluefields

was a pirate settlement. The city

is named after the Dutch pirate

Abraham Bleeveldt.

Bluefields and the Mískito Coast

were not always part of the

country Nicaragua. In 1740 the

bay of Bluefields was occupied

by british marines. Since 1894

Bluefields and the Mískito Coast

are part of Nicaragua.

The city‘s population consists

of Mískito Indians, descendants

of pirates, escaped enslaved

Africans, Creole-speaking

Caribbean workers and European

settlers.

Official lenguage in Bluefields is

spanish. But the mother language

of most of the residents is Mískito

Coast Creole or Nicaragua Creole

English.

Bluefields has a big and important

port where many Caribbean

products such as woods, fish,

shrimp, lobsters and bananas are

shipped to.


I like helping my mom.

Nicaraguan food

Naykel and his mum prepare a

typical Nicaraguan dish:

Fish with pico de gallo and fried

plantain.

In Bluefields people eat a lot of

fish and seafood. They know a

lot of different fish. Naykel and

his mother are preparing a red

snapper. It’s a red colored fish

which lives in the Caribbean

Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the

Atlantic coast of Mexico and the

US.

Plantain

The plantain is very popular

in the tropical and subtropical

regions of America, Africa and

Asia. For the people there it is an

important staple food, just like

the potato in Europe.

The plantain is slightly larger

than a normal banana and is ripe

when its skin has turned almost

black. The plantain is not eaten

raw. It is boiled in water, baked

in the oven, cut into strips and

deep-fried in oil or pan-fried.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, inside, in the kitchen

Naykel (6yo) cooks with his mum Georgina (30yo). They prepare a traditional dish: Fish with

pico de gallo with platanos fritos. They make food for at least 40 persons.

Naykel washes vegetables (tomatoes, onion, sweet pepper) and hands them to his mother

cutting them in little pieces. She will make the sauce called “pico de gallo”. In a big pan

three fishes (red snapper) are frying in oil.

On the table: More fish, more vegetables and platanos.

They look at eachother, smiling.


My mother says:

“I love you, pitit mwen!”

“I love you, too, ma!”, I smile.

pitit mwen

“Pitit mwen” is Mískito Coast

Creole and means “my son” or

“my little child”.

ma

“Ma” is Mískito Coast Creole and

means “mum”.


Pico de gallo

Pico de gallo is a very tasty sauce.

It is eaten fresh and is very easy

to prepare. Do you want to try?

I like cooking.

My mother teaches me.

Our food is really good.

To make pico de gallo you need

the following ingredients:

3 tomatoes

1 onion

1 sweet pepper

salt

vinegar or lime juice

cilantro leafs

Preparation:

First you have to wash the

tomatoes, the onions and the

sweet peppers.

Then you cut them into small

dices. Attention with the knife!

Mix all together in a salad bowl

and add some lime juice (or

vinegar) and salt.

If you like cilantro, cut the leaves

in very small dices and add it to

your pico de gallo.

Serve your pico de gallo very

fresh. Buen appetito!

Buon appetito!

“Buon appetito!” is spanish and

means “Enjoy your meal!”.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Single page - Day, inside, the kitchen

Naykels mum is cooking, Naykel (6yo) sells the food through the window to the neighbours.

The people have brought their own container. Naykel fills it with fish, fried plantain, rice

and pico de gallo. Most of the food is already gone, but there are still many people in line.

Naykel wears an apron where he puts the money.


My older brother says:

“I prefer to play foutbòl with the boys.”

Foutbòl

“Foutbòl” is Mískito Coast Creole

and means “football”.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Single page - Day, outside, in front of the house

Naykel sells food through the window. A lot of people waiting in line. It smells really

good. Some have already got their meal and go home, happily smiling.

Naykels brother Anthony (8yo) leaving the house to play soccer with his friends.

In the background: Some boys play soccer on a field.


President

A President is the head of state

of a country. In democratic

countries, the President is freely

elected and governs the country

for a fixed period of time (usually

4 to 5 years). After that there are

new, free elections.

I like going to school.

One day the teacher asks:

“What do you wanna be?”

I answer: “I want to be president.”

The other kids laugh.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Morning, inside, in a classroom

The kids sit in rows. They wear a uniform: A white shirt and dark blue trousers or skirts.

Naykel is the tallest and sits in the back. His uniform doesn’t really fit. He’s too skinny and too tall.

There might be pictures of people of different professions on the blackboard.

Classically male professions are represented by white or clear brown men: Officer, construction

worker, cook, mechanic, architect. Classically female professions are represented by white or light

brown women: Teacher, nurse, librarian, grocery seller, dancer, seamstress.

Naykels skin color is not represented. As well as the skin color of most of the children.

The teacher is asking a question, Naykel (6yo) answers.

The other kids look surprised or laugh out loud.


The other kids say:

“People like us don’t get elected for president.”

The teachers think:

“He’s not like the other students.”


I like wearing beautiful clothes.

Fashion

Fashion is the art of dressing

human beings. Fashion designers

create new fashion every year.

Fashion designer

Fashion designers design, design

and draw fashion. This includes

clothing, shoes and accessories.

Fashion designers usually each

have their own style. They

present their collections with the

help of models at fashion shows.

A distinction is made between

haute couture and prêt-à-porter.

Haute couture is individually

tailored fashion, mostly

handcrafted from luxurious

materials. Prêt-à-porter is

fashion designed by fashion

designers, which is massproduced

in standard sizes.

The fashion designer

Miuccia Prada says:

„What you wear is how you

present yourself to the world.“

The fashion designer

Tom Ford says:

„Fashion needs to make one

happy.“

The fashion designer

Vivienne Westwood says:

„Buy less, choose well.“

Illustrator’s instructions:

Single page - Day, inside, mother’s sleeping room (on white?)

Naykel (6yo) stands in front of the mirror and tries a pose.

He wears a new, elegant outfit. It doesn’t totally fit him, because Naykel is too tall.


The other kids say:

“Whats wrong with him?

Boys don’t care about nice clothes.”

Viernes loco

Every last friday of the month the

schools in Bluefields celebrate

Viernes loco. On this crazy Friday

school is very fun: All students

wear different, colorful clothes.

They spend their school day

outside on the schoolyard and

play funny games like sack race,

egg run and many others. They

are dancing and eating ice cream.

Isn‘t that a nice tradition?

Days of the week

“Lunes” is spanish and means

“Monday”

“Martes” means “Tuesday”

“Miercoles” means “Wednesday”

“Jueves” means “Thursday”

“Viernes” means “Friday”

“Sabado” means “Saturday”

“Domingo” means “Sunday”

Illustrator’s instructions:

Single page - Day, outside, schoolyard of Naykel’s school in Bluefields.

About 100 student celebrate Viernes loco: They are playing games (sack race,

egg run), are eating ice cream and are dancing.

The students don’t wear their school uniforms, but self chosen, colorful clothes.

Naykel goes to school with a new, elegant jacket suit in marine blue.

The other kids are surprised, stare at him, laughing.


After school I like playing with my cousins Jetsy and

Markisha.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Afternoon, outside. On a street or an empty grass field, colorful houses in

the background.

Naykel (6yo) plays with his cousins Jetsy (6 yo), Markisha (6 yo) jump rope. They are having

a lot of fun together. Naykel is jumping.

His older brother Anthony (8 yo) and a friend of him (8yo, male) playing with kites they made

themselves. A group of small kids (3-5yo, mixed) is playing with marbles.

Two or three adults standing in the back, looking at Naykel and talking about him, with a

worried face.


The neighbours say:

“Boys don’t play with girls.”

Their kids repeat:

“Boys don’t play with girls.”

Cometas

Cometas are small paper kites

that the children from Bluefields

make themselves and then let fly

together.


Beauty Pageant

A beauty pageant is a contest

to find the most beautiful

contestant.

These competitions are for

women, men and youth at

local, regional, national and

international levels. Beauty

pageants are usually held

annually.

Beauty pageants used to be all

about physical beauty. Today,

criteria such as personality,

intelligence, talent, character

and charitable commitment also

count.

I like watching beauty pageants on TV.

“Ma!”, I say, “When I’m older I want to participate

in such a beauty pageant.”

Ligia Cristina Argüello

Ligia Cristina Argüello from

Managua was Miss Nicaragua

2001. This qualified her for the

Miss World beauty pageant. Ligia

Cristina Argüello made the top 5

and became Miss America 2001.

The winner of Miss World 2001

was Agbani Darego. She was the

first Indigenous African woman

to win this title.

Scharllette Allen Moses

18 year old Scharllette Alexandra

Allen Moes participated in the

local beauty pageant in her

hometown Bluefields. She won

the competition and became

Miss Bluefields. This qualified

her and all the other local or

regional Misses to participate

in the national Miss Nicaragua

competition, which she won in

2010. She was the first black Miss

Nicaragua.

Being Miss Nicaragua 2010

qualified Scharllette Allen Moses

to participate in the international

beauty pageant Miss Univers with

the winners from countries all

around the world.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, inside, living room

Naykel (6yo) and his mum see the beauty contest “Miss Nicaragua” on TV. Both love it.

Naykels mum Georgina sits on a plastic chair. Naykel sits on the ground next to her.

He looks at his mum and talks to her. His eyes shine.

Naykels brother Anthony (8 yo) isn’t amused. He doesn’t like beauty contests.

He makes new kites. Colorful paper, glue, rope and palm leaves on the ground.


My mother says:

“I love you, hijo. But first you finish school!”


Today is Carnival!

Karneval

Carnival is a happy festival

celebrated at the beginning of

the New Year to say goodbye to

winter and welcome spring.

Carnival has been around for

a long time. The first carnival

celebrations took place in

Mesopotamia 5000 years ago.

In the European Middle Ages, socalled

fool‘s festivals took place

in January. Since then there has

also been the term Fastnacht.

Today, carnival is celebrated in

many different ways in many

parts of the world. There are

particularly impressive carnival

traditions in Venice (Italy), Basel

(Switzerland), Oururo (Bolivia),

Cologne (Germany), Québec

(Canada), Santa Cruz (Tenerife,

Spain), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

and Stavelot (Belgium). In New

Orleans (USA) the carnival is

called Mardi Gras.

Fasnacht in Basel

In Switzerland, the city of Basel

is famous for its Basler Fasnacht,

which starts at 4am with the

famous Morgenstraich. The entire

city is darkened and thousands

of carnival people with colorful

lanterns of all sizes parade

through the streets. During the

day there is the Cortège, a huge

procession with lovingly handmade

costumes and masks

(Larven).

The Basel carnival lasts three

days and is part of the intangible

UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, outside, in the streets of Bluefields

Thousands of people celebrate carnaval. They have colorful, bright clothes (no costumes).

In the foregound Naykel (yo) dancing among girls. They wear beautiful costumes.

One person is carrying a “palo de mayo”. People are dancing around it.

Naykels mum made a palo de mayo out of her hair. Five laughing women dancing around her.


Everybody here loves Carnival.

Everybody dresses up.

Everybody is having a lot of fun.

Carnival in Bluefields

In Bluefields, the carnival takes

place in the month of May and

lasts throughout the month.

The multi-ethic population

comes together to celebrate

every evening. They wear

beautiful handcrafted costumes

in different styles.There is a

stage with music and dances

and an election of Miss Mayo. A

highlight of the carnival is the

Maypole Festival.

Palo de Mayo

Palo de mayo is spanish and

means maypole. A maypole is a

decorated tree trunk that is set

up in the month of may.

Das Maibaumfest

The palo de mayo is an old

tradition in Bluefields. It is a

festival held during Carnival.

They say that maypole tradition

was brought to Bluefields from

Jamaica.

Every of the 15 neighborhoods of

Bluefiels bring a maypole which

is decorated with fruit, sweets

and color tapes. By dancing

around the maypole the people

pay homage to the goddess of

fertility.

Tanz in den Mai

There is also a dance into May in

many parts of Germany. There,

too, huge maypoles are erected,

which are colorfully decorated.

And there, too, people dance

around the maypole.


The drag queen, supermodel,

singer, actor and producer

RuPaul Charles says:

„Reading is fundamental.“

I am studying.

I am reading.

I am thinking about my life.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, outside, in a parc, near a football field

We see Naykel three times: 6yo, 10yo and 14yo, from left to right: :

Naykel is sitting on a table. He is doing homework.

Naykel is sitting on the stairs of the pavillion. He is reading.

Naykel is laying under a tree. He has headphones. He is thinking.

The other boys play football together. They also grow older.


My brother says:

Naykel! Come to play foutbòl with us!”

The other young people say:

“He’s so quiet.”


I feel good.

Models

A model is a person who displays

clothes or products by wearing or

presenting them.

The job of being a model is not

easy. Models should be in good

physical shape. They should be

eating healthy food and should

keep their body fit. Models

should have an outstanding personality.

They should know their

strengths and weaknesses.

There are different kinds of

models:

Fashion models

You can see fashion models in

fashion magazines. They wear

fashionable clothes and work for

fashion designers.

Commercial models

Commercial models do product

ads for products such as

houseware appliances, food

products, travel industry, tech

devices and more.

Catwalk Models

Catwalk models present clothes

that fashion designers have

created for their collections. This

usually happens at a fashion

show.

Fitness Models

Fitness models are working

for fitness companies, fitness

magazines and athletic wear

companies.

Underwear models

Underwear models are presenting

underwear and swimwear.

Parts models

Parts models specialize in

modeling specific body parts

such as hands, feet, legs and

eyes.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, inside the school’s gym

The students have organized a runway show. Naykel (16yo) is the only male model on the

runway. He is wearing an african print shirt, white pants and an african print hat. He feels

good and strikes a pose. Other kids and young students are sitting around the runway and

applauding the models.


The other students say:

“Boys can’t be models.”

The teachers think:

“He’s definitely not like the other boys.”

Catwalk

A catwalk is the stage of a

fashion show. It is often a narrow

platform that the fashion models

walk along to display clothes.

You can also say runway.

The most famous catwalks are on

the fashion shows of the cities of

London, Milan, Paris and New

York.


Sometimes I feel so different.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong anywhere.

Sometimes I feel alone.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, inside, Naykels room

Naykel (14yo) is sad. He is sitting on the floor.

The room is quite dark. A depression monster might embrace him.

The monster is not really scary, it is just bigger than him.

And it is dark (not black).


Sometimes I think:

“I am not going to make it.”


Supermodels

A supermodel is a very successful

model. Supermodels usually work

around the world. You will see

them on the covers of magazines,

on billboards and on the runways

of the biggest fashion shows.

Some famous supermodels are

Naomi Campbell, Ashley Graham,

Tyson Beckford, Cindy Crawford,

Baptiste Giabiconi, Kate Moss,

Linda Evangelista, Liu Wen, Jack

Eyers, David Agbodji, Tyra Banks,

Claudia Schiffer, Jon Kortajarena,

Alton Mason, Cara Delevingne,

and Madeline Stuart.

Finally I am old enough.

I want to participate in the Mister Nicaragua beauty pageant.

I’m preparing for this for a long time.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell was born in the

year 1970 in London. She is a

model and actress.

Naomi Campbell started her

career as a model when she was

15 years old. In 1988 she was the

first Black foto model to be on

the cover of the french fashion

magazine Vogue. Since then she

is one of the most famous models

of the world.

Alton Mason

Alton Mason was born in the year

1997 in Nebraska, USA. He is a

model, dancer and actor.

Alton Mason walked for the most

important fashion labels such as

Gucci, Hugo Boss, Versace, Michael

Kors, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld,

Fendi, Valentino and Louis Vuitton.

He is the first Black male model

to walk for the french fashion

label Chanel.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, inside (on white)

We see Naykel 4 times from left to right (18, 19 and 20yo) training for the beauty contest

18 years: Naykel in the gym. He does his muscle workout with weights. Naykel is still very

skinny. He wears braces to get rid of his tooth gap.

18 years: Naykel tries some poses he copies from a runway he watches at the TV.

19 years: Naykel in a photo studio: He is posing in a yellow swim suit for a photographer

taking a lot of pictures. Naykels body is much more muscled than one year before. No more

tooth gap.

20 years: Naykel in the gym. He does his muscle workout with heavy weights. Naykel is

now very muscled.


My mother says:

“I love you, hijo!”

My brother says:

“I prefer to go out with my girlfriend.”

The young people say:

“No me digas. Real boys don’t do beauty pageants!”

The neighbours say:

“Black people don’t win this kind of competition.”

Sometimes I think:

“I am not going to make it.”

No me digas!

“No me digas!” ist spanisch und

bedeutet “Das ist nicht dein

Ernst!”

The supermodel

Naomi Campbell says:

“I don’t think I was born

beautiful. I just think I was born

me.”

The supermodel

Tyra Banks says:

“Believe it or not, I don’t wake

up looking like a supermodel.”

RuPaul Charles says:

„If I fly or if I fall, least I can say

I gave it all.“


El sueño

„El sueño“ is spanish and means

„the dream“.

RuPaul Charles says:

„I believe in using all the colors

in the crayon box.“

My sueño has become true:

I am walking on the runway.

I believe in myself.

I am fearless.

I am proud.

I am beautiful.

I am unique.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, inside, in a big, magnificent hall at the Mr.

Nicaragua competition

Lights. A long runway. A banner with “Mister Nicaragua”.

Naykel (22yo) in front of the competition stage, wearing a traditional

feather suit, presenting it with a big smile.

A small and plump host talks into his microphone.

In the background some of the other contestants, they are white

or light brown and wear traditional costumes. Their costumes are

not as colorful and sumptuous as Naykel’s.


My mother says:

“I love you, hijo!”

My brother says:

“I prefer to go out with my girlfriend.”

The young people say:

“He will never ever win this competition.”

The neighbours say:

“Never a Black man has won this competition.”

Black people

When it‘s absolutely necessary

to differentiate people based

on their skin color, you can say

„people of color,“ „people of

color,“ or „black people.“ Black

people chose these terms for

themselves.

Don‘t use the term „colored“.

Black people did not choose this

term themselves. It emerged

during colonialism, when white

people oppressed and exploited

black people. A lot of black people

don‘t want to be called that.

„Black“ therefore does not mean

the color of the skin, but that

these people have experienced

racism because of their skin color

and are doing so. That‘s why

„black“ is capitalized.

Racism

Racism means that people

are differentiated and judged

according to „race“. The color of

the skin or the origin often plays

a role.

Racist people think they are

worth more than other people.

However, there are no different

races of people. All humans

belong to the same species of

“homo sapiens”.


I won.

I am Mr. Nicaragua.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, inside, in a big, magnificent hall at the Mr. Nicaragua competition

A lot of lights. Confetti everywhere.

Naykel (22yo) just won the Mr. Niaragua competition. He wears a yellow suit. The host gives him a trophy and a sash

(“Mr. Nicaragua” written on it). Naykel smiles, he is very proud.

His mother runs with opened arms from the back of the runway towards him. She is even prouder.

In the back of the runway a line of other contestants applaud disappointedly but politely. They are all white or light brown.

The people in the audience cheer. They have posters with slogans like “Naykel, we love you!”

Naykels brother is very proud and tells his girlfriend that he always supported Naykel however he could.


My mother says:

“I love you, hijo!”

My brother says:

“I am so proud of you, my little brother.”

The young people say:

Naykel, we love you!”

The neighbours say:

“Our Naykelito...”


RuPaul Charles says:

„When you become the image of

your own imagination, it’s the

most powerful thing you could

ever do.“

Illustrator’s instructions:

Single page - Day, inside, a sparely furnished living room

A little black boy (6) sits in front of the TV and watches the Mister Nicaragua beauty pageant.

He watches Naykel being crowned Mister Nicaragua.

His father watches with him and holds him in his arms.


A little boy wrote me a letter:

He wrote: “Sometimes I feel so different.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong anywhere.

Sometimes I feel alone.

But if you can, then I can, too.”

Illustrator’s instructions:

Single page - Day, inside, in a kitchen (on white?)

The little black boy (6) sits at the kitchen table. He wears a tiara on his head and writes a letter to Naykel.


Amorcito

“Amorcito” is Spanish and

means “My little love”.

Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day, outside, in front of a fosters home

The fosters home is a quite large building on the countryside, with palm trees and big trees.

Naykel (24), reading this book to about 20 kids and young people.

They are sitting on the ground in a circle around Naykel. The small kids hang on his every

word, fascinated. The older girls giggle in love.


Amorcito,

If I can, then you can, too.

Love, Naykel


Illustrator’s instructions:

Double page - Day

Map of Nicaragua, with the cities Managua, Bluefields, Leon and

Granada, the lakes Cocibolca and the Xolotlan, with the volcanos

Masaya, Mombacho, Cerro Negro and San Cristobal, with the

rainforest and some of its animals and with important buildings

and monuments (the palace of cultures in Managua, the cathedral

de Granada, the Gigantona in Leon and the palm trees and fisher boats in Bluefields)

Important: A rainbow, the national bird (Guardabarranco) and the national flower (a white

plumeria). The other countries are flat. On the left side the world with the continents of

North, Central and South America.


Amorcito,

If I can,

then you can, too.

Love, Naykel

Extra: Printed postcard from Naykel for the reader. With a real picture of

him as Mister Nicaragua on the front and a handwritten message: “Amorcito,

if I can, then you can, too. Love, Naykel” on the back of the postcard.


Naykel lives in Nicaragua, in the Caribbean town of Bluefields.

He‘s not like the other kids in his neighborhood.

„Sometimes I feel so different,“ he thinks.

„Sometimes I feel like I don‘t belong anywhere.

Sometimes I feel alone.“

The true story of a little outsider

who became a great role model.

editions mālama

representation

ISBN 978-3-949326-04-2

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