Nigerian born Kechi Okwuchi, one of the two survivors of the horrific Sosoliso plane crash which occured on the 10th day of December 2005 and claimed the lives of 107 persons, 60 of which were her school mates from Loyola Jesuit College, and finalist at the twelfth season of America’s Got Talent in 2017 had towards the end of January 2018, visited Nigeria from the U.S where she’s based to attend a Stanbic IBTC Bank youth series and you know what? she made the most of her visit as she had a time out, interviews and got to meet a couple of Nigerian celebrities she loves.
The 28-year-old after her harrowing experience embraced music to be her escape after the crash that has seen her undergo over a hundred reconstructive surgeries.
Twelve years after her life changing experience, Kechi became an internet sensation after she made it to America’s Got Talent finals following her beautiful rendition of ‘Think out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran.
The talented singer was born on October 29, 1989. She is the first born of a family of four which is made up of her father, mother and younger sister.
On December 10, 2005, she became one of the two survivors of the Sosoliso Airline Flight 1145 crash that took the lives of 107 passengers.
The plane crash occurred 20 minutes to landing on her way back to Port Harcourt for a Christmas holiday alongside over 60 other students from her school, Loyola Jesuit College.
Following the crash, Okwuchi suffered third-degree burns and was immediately flown to a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa for her first major surgery.
Two years later, Okwuchi and her family moved to Houston to continue her medical treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas, United States.
While she was in coma, her mother sang her a popular Nigerian Christian hymn everyday. She could hear her in her subconscious, and when she woke up, she knew the song, the words, the tune and the melody.
Then in 2015, she graduated from the University of Saint Thomas, in Texas, USA, with a First Class Degree. She also got invited into six honour societies, including the International Economics Honour Society. After graduation, she worked at a non-profit organization in Houston. She had no time for internships as she was always in and out of surgery.
Kechi on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, received a “yes” from each of the four America’s Got Talent judges with her performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” during her audition.
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, after several other amazing performances, she won the final Dunkin Save of the season to make it to the finals.