Joys as Chris Mburu star of the HBO documentary A Small Act takes mum to Harvard University


A Kenyan man Chris Mburu has taken to social media to share the story of taking his 83 year old mother to Harvard University in the United States.

Chris Mburu who was the star feature in the 2010 documentary “A small Act” which aired on HBO in the US narrated the moment she visited the renowned campus.

He shared photos of the proud mum who has seen her son rise through poverty to attend one of the world’s best schools.

Mburu says he cherished the moment that his mum was able to visit his alma mater where he graduated 24 years ago. He said that his mother was unable to attend his graduation at the time due to lack of funds to enable her to travel.

He posted photos of his mum donned in Harvard University gear and holding souvenirs from the campus.

Here is the message he posted on Facebook during the tour.

When I graduated here 24 years ago, my mother was absent from the ceremony, because it was too expensive for her to make the trip from my native village in Kenya to the United States. So you can imagine the joy I felt last week as I brought her for her first visit to the university, at the age of 83! Though uneducated herself, my mother has always valued education and indeed remains one of the smartest people I know.

Chris Mburu is currently heading the anti-discrimination section of the UN Human Rights Agency, based in Geneva, Switzerland where his work involves conducting research on discrimination and intolerance that could result in the commission of serious crimes.

Mburu rose into the limelight in 2010 when “A Small Act” aired which chronicled his life in poverty and how his fortunes changed after a generous Swedish woman funded his secondary education.

He eventually attended the University of Nairobi before heading to Harvard University.