When you face an enormous fight, you’re faced with a choice. Do you fade away and let your life drift past you, or do you grab it by the horns and make the best of what you have?
We are inspired by those who fall into the second category. For millions of people around the world, Kechi Okwuchi was an inspiration.
The life of Kechi Okwuchi is altered forever on December 10, 2005. She traveled on Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 at just 16 years of age when it crashed, killing 107 people on board. Two people, including Okwuchi, survived remarkably. But she endured extensive burns covering a massive 65% of her body.
It is uncommon to survive such terrible injuries, but Okuchi survived the ordeal. But she was taken through dark hours by the depression that accompanied her now permanently changed appearance.
Music Got Her Through The Ordeal
In the plane crash, Okuchi lost a lot of friends and suffered severe injuries. She was compelled to undergo a lot of surgeries because of this. These took a toll on her, and her depression increased.
But one thing that kept the young lady going was music. She started singing while she recovered from her surgery. The pleasure of music and the use of her voice helped to regain her confidence and zest for life. What a voice it is!
Sharing With Millions
Okwuchi spent a couple of years as a motivational speaker telling her notable survival story. But she quickly decided to share with others her singing. She had a hankering to perform for large crowds, so she joined the Got Talent of America in 2017.
Her emotional performance of "Thinking Out Loud" provided assistance from across the country and praise from all the judges, even the notoriously hard to please, Simon Cowell who also poignantly said: "If you just believe a little more in yourself, there's more than you even realize I think you're capable of."
Even though at that time she did not win the contest, the crusading survivor was not yet completed.
Behind The Stage
In 2019, Okwuchi has invited back to America’s Got Talent: The Champions. That season, the best performers from each previous season were challenged to win the most prestigious title of the most talented person in America.
Again, Okwuchi gave her everything with a lovely performance of "You Are The Reason" by Callum Scott. It was Simon who crushed the go of all the teary-eyed judges.
Okwuchi was back with another emotional number, this time from the film, Annie, "Opportunity." She captivated the audience as well as the judges again.
Although she didn't win the contest, with her bravery, her exceptional voice, and her message, she inspired so many millions.
"Life, like a second, can alter in," Okwuchi said, "and if you're fortunate, it can change for the better.”