The Naked Convos

Kechi Okwuchi: A Masterclass In Tragedy and Resilience

“Life is so damned hard, so damned hard… It just hurts people and hurts people…”-
-F. Scott. Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned.

“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”
                             -John Green, The Fault In Our Stars.

Life breaks everybody, and our survival is dependent on what we do after that, whether you get up, pick up the pieces and get to work or you give in and leave pieces of or all of your will chipped away. For some it is the constant emotional and physical pain they get, for me it was the torturous feeling of hope turned into disappointment. For some, on December 2005, it was the tragedy of loss. It was a black Saturday in December when 107 people died from the Sosoliso plane crash, 60 of whom were secondary school students.

Now, 12 years later, one of two of the survivors, Kechi Okwuchi is showing us the power of resilience.

On Friday night, I am lying down in my room, feeling sorry for myself, as I have been for a while now. Life has broken my heart again, I’ve invested my energy into an endeavour and my hope and faith have contributed to this torturous feeling of disappointment, so I gave up. Then, I come across Kechi Okwuchi’s America’s Got Talent audition video.

People say change is the only constant thing in life. Though that adjective ‘only’ is misplaced; pain is certainly a constant thing in life.

She says music was her escape, lying down in the hospital unable to move. Haven gone through so much, loss, pain, surgeries, scars, giving up on life would be an easy option. But to come out of all that, and still have the zeal to live and follow your dreams, takes resilience.

In life, there will always be situations that bring us down, experiences that threaten to break our spirit and make giving up seem like a good idea; there are individuals who come out with stories that show the resilience of the human spirit, how pain can sometimes become a force which fuels you, how pain can be something you channel towards creativity and how pain can push you to chase your dreams. Kechi is one of such individuals and I’m rooting for her.


  • Tami Okoro Dedeh
    Well spoken. I can’t imagine what this girl went through, yet I’m always the first to complain about how rubbish my life is. Kechi could have just given up on life, but her audition has shown every single person we are more than what we are on the outside despite society’s shallowness. And of course if Simon Cowell gives you a standing ovation, you should be bloody proud! Wishing her the best.
    June 20, 2017
  • ebi
    I hear she even graduated from the university with a First Class.
    June 22, 2017
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