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I AM KECHI

 

My name is Kechi Okwuchi and I am a Nigerian-born 27 year-old who loves to sing!

On December 10th 2005, I was headed home from boarding school for the Christmas holidays aboard a local airplane which crashed and killed 107 out of a 109 passengers, 60 of whom were fellow classmates and friends. I suffered third degree burns over 65% of my body, and I have had to undergo multiple intensive surgical procedures ever since.

Two years into my treatments in America, I decided I wanted to finish high school and enter into a good university by my own merit. I had a strong support system- my family, my friends and my faith- who believed that I would be able to overcome my physical, mental and emotional obstacles and achieve my goal. In 2015, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas with a 3.8 in Economics & Marketing (BBA). Afterwards, I was the market analyst for AFRICAN League of Legends, where I helped with the development of a marketing campaign for an award show hosted by the non-profit organization in July 2016.

I am currently a graduate student, earning an MBA in Economics at my alma mater, and I worked as a graduate assistant at the Cameron School of Business for a time. Before America’s Got Talent, my most immediate goal was to obtain a summer internship at the UNFPA, which works to expand the possibilities for women and young children to lead healthy and productive lives worldwide. AGT was a huge and miraculous opportunity, the kind I could only dream of in the past, and I still can’t believe I became a top 10 finalist on the show! AGT opened new paths for me, and now I intend to forge forward in faith with music as my goal.

 

 
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SHOWS

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TALKS

GIRLS, KNOW THYSELF

Born on the 29th of October 1989, Kechi Okwuchi was our last speaker this year. Kechi got a standing ovation even before she had said a single word. Her life story - plane crash survivor, graduating magna cum laude from college- is inspiration enough. Kechi's talk birthed many tweetable moments:

"Know yourself and know your vision."