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During the summer months, BU Today is revisiting some of the past year’s favorite stories. This week, we focus on students.

Last year we introduced readers to “Lost & Found,” a new animated series giving international students an opportunity to share their journey, discuss what they left behind in coming to BU, and pinpoint one thing that has helped them find a sense of community here.

This week, we return with two new stories. First up was Yunran Zhang (Questrom’18), who spoke about how dance and choreography helped her in the wake of an emotional breakup.

Today, we present Daniel Mboweni (ENG’18). Born in Zimbabwe, he grew up there as well as in London, Nigeria, Zambia, and South Africa. Wherever he found himself, the one constant in his life was music. His family sang all the time. “I’m pretty sure my parents were singing the day I was born,” Mboweni says.

In the video above, Daniel Mboweni (ENG’18) talks about how joining BU’s Inner Strength Gospel Choir helped him discover “a family away from home.”

When he arrived at BU, he kept his singing to himself, worried about what people would think of the traditional African folk songs he loved to sing with his family. “As a result,” he recalls, “I wasn’t really happy because I wasn’t really myself.”

Friends on his floor, who knew how much he loved to sing, persuaded Mboweni to get involved with the Inner Strength Gospel Choir, but after just one rehearsal, he decided that “this is not for me.” The small number of men made him feel self-conscious. But friends from the choir thought he was making a mistake and asked one of them to visit and persuade him to give it another try.

Today, the accomplished tenor is president of the choir. He says performing with the group provides a sense of comfort, far from family. “It gives me the satisfaction both on an emotional and a spiritual level that I haven’t experienced elsewhere…. I can be myself.” Perhaps most important, he says, the choir has become “kind of a family away from home.”

View previous installments of BU Today’s Lost & Found series here and here. View Yunran Zhang’s installment here.

 Bill Politis can be reached at bpolitis@bu.edu. Carlos Soler can be reached at csoler@bu.edu.

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4 Comments on Lost and Found: Daniel Mboweni, Zimbabwe

  • Caleb D. on 10.19.2017 at 2:30 pm

    These animated stories are terrific. Kudos, Carlos and Bill!

  • Stephanie on 10.20.2017 at 3:05 pm

    These stories are really inspiring! Love the combination of the animation with the story and music.

  • mari on 10.24.2017 at 5:47 pm

    I enjoy the stories very much as well as the animation. I would have liked to hear Daniel sing in this story.

  • Deron on 06.09.2018 at 3:46 am

    Nice and inspiring stories. Really enjoy them and the animation takes you to another world.

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