Nkechi Okwuchi received a standing ovation after her singing performance at the America’s Got Talent skills competition.
Miss Okwuchi was one of two survivors of the 2005 Sosoliso plane crash, which took the lives of 107 people.
She was a student of Loyola Jesuit College at the time, a boarding high school in Abuja and was on her way home for the holidays when the crash occurred.
Pastor Bimbo Odukoya was one of the most popular people who lost their lives in the crash, with Kechi also losing her close friend.
Kechi has had more than 100 surgeries, including skin grafts in the US as a result of the severe burns all over her body. Despite this, she still 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, and was the most outstanding student for her major in Economics.
Kechi appeared on the 12th season of America’s Got Talent, and narrated her story to the world.
She said: “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.”
Responding to Simeon Cowell’s question on how she has managed to deal with the trauma, she said, “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.”
Watch her absolutely amazing performance of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud below.
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