Kechi Okwuchi, who is one of the survivors of the 2015 Sosoliso Plane crash, this week went emotional during her audition for American Got Talent, Season 12.
Before she sang her version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out Loud’ she narrated to the judges and audience how her love for singing began.
‘I want to share my voice with AGT. I was in a plane crash when I was 16 years old, which took the life of 107 out of 109, which left two survivors. I was one of the two survivors.”
When one of the judges asked her how she has managed to deal with the trauma, she answered, “Lying down in the hospital bed with bandages from head to foot, music was my escape and that’s why it means so much to me.”
At the end of her performance, the Nigerian survivor got a standing ovation from her audience and the judges. Some were even teary eyed.
Some of the fans of the America’s Got Talent page were wowed by her performance.
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Prabha Verma said, “What a girl to have come out of such a tragedy and still standing so tall and strong. She has to be someone special”.
Another fan, Gu Hai , said, “So lovely voice I love her She gives me inspiration Life is not fair But we have to make the best way to live Keep it up. I want to see more of her.”
After the several surgeries performed on her , Kechi graduated with a First Class degree from University of Thomas Houston, Texas on May 16th, 2015. She was also inducted into 6 academic honor societies.
Again, she was the most outstanding student for her major in Economics and has already been accepted into graduate school for her MBA.
Despite her challenges, Kechi never gave up as she kept soaring high; reaching for greatness.
No matter the challenges or obstacles on your way, it shouldn’t pull you down.
According to Steve Maraboli, “Don’t give up! It’s not over. The universe is balanced. Every set-back bears with it the seeds of a come-back”.
Keep soaring high!