Kechi Okwuchi was only 16 years old when she was in a horrific plane crash that took the lives of 107 people out of the total 109 who had boarded in the 2005 Sosoliso Airlines plane crash in Nigeria. 60 of her school mates died in the crash, luckily, Kechi was one of the only two survivors from the crash that left her trapped in her hospital bed bandaged from head to toe, unable to move or do anything by herself. Music became her only escape. Though she always loved to sing, her passion for music grew stronger while healing physically, emotionally and mentally!
Talking at the show, Kechi introduced herself and when asked why she fell in love with music, she narrated her story, describing how the airline ferrying 109 passengers crashed, killing 107. “I was in a plane crash when I was about 16 years old back in Nigeria. It ended the lives of a 107 out of a 109 passengers, and I was one of the 2 survivors,” she said.
The brave woman took a leap of faith and auditioned for America’s Got Talent, with her own rendition of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ that brought the audience and judges to their feet. Such an inspiring young woman!