Inspiring story of Kechi Okwuchi; a Nigerian-American singer, survivor of fatal plane crash who went on to graduate with first degree in Economics

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Kechi Okwuchi is a Nigerian-American singer born on October 29, 1989. She was part of the only two survivors of the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash on December 10, 2005.

The Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash claimed 109 lives, 59 of which were her school mates from Loyola Jesuit College.

Kechi Okwuchi received third-degree burns over 65% of her body and was given a 30% chance of survival.

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Okwuchi was air-lifted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa for immediate medical attention and treatment, and later to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas, the United States where she has undergone over a hundred reconstructive surgeries.

In 2015, Okwuchi graduated from the University of Saint Thomas, in Houston, Texas, United States, with a First Class Degree. She was the student speaker at the Commencement Ceremony.

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Okwuchi was a speaker at TedxEuston where she gave a talk titled Girls- know thyself. Kechi later went on to take part in the twelfth season of America’s Got Talent in 2017 as a singer and finished the competition as a finalist. She later participated in America’s Got Talent: The Champions in 2019, where Simon Cowell gave her the golden buzzer, sending her straight to the final, but in the final, she didn’t come in the top 5.

She has performed at sporting events, other events throughout the United States, South Korea and Nigeria. Okwuchi was chosen to headline Utah’s 8th Annual Women of Worth Utah in 2019.

A Biography On Her Official Website Reads:


Kechi is a 29 year-old Nigerian-born young woman, currently living in Houston, Texas. She is an MBA student at University of St. Thomas and self-taught singer. Kechi found her true voice after her accident- a plane crash that took the lives of 107 of 109 passengers in Nigeria in 2005. Throughout the difficult journey of burns recovery, Kechi was sustained by her Christian faith, her family and her music. She resumed high school in 2009 and then went on to University of St. Thomas, Houston, where graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Economics. She began to sing and perform at her church, at Burn and Trauma fundraisers and galas, and at family events, sharing what she loved with those she wanted to inspire.

Becoming a finalist on America’s Got Talent 2017 was Kechi’s dream realized, and on June 10th 2018, she released her first ever single, ‘Don’t You Dare’ on all music platforms. She has since become a traveling artiste, inspirational speaker and burn survivor advocate for multiple burn survivor organizations, including Shriners Burns Hospitals. In 2019, she became a finalist on America’s Got Talent: The Champions through Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer, and Kechi has now chosen to forge ahead on a path that allows her to explore both business and artistic opportunities henceforth.

Social Media Handles Of Kechi Okwuchi:


Twitter: @Kechi

Instagram: @Kechiofficial

LinkedIn: Kechi Okwuchi

Facebook: OfficialKechi

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