Kechi Okwuchi has been named Role Model of the Year by organisers of Keeping Marriage Alive Initiative, KMAI, an annual event to celebrate Nigerians, who have shown exemplary character in their chosen careers.
Twenty-eight-year-old Okwuchi, who has won millions of fans all over the world for her exciting display at the 2017 America’s Got Talent show, has equally attracted praises for her academic exploits in the United States. She graduated with a First Class degree from the University of Thomas Houston, Texas.
Plane crash survivor
The Imo State native is one of only two survivors of a 2005 plane crash involving a Sosoliso Airline and has undergone ‘more than 100 surgeries on her road to recovery.’
According to co-Founder of KMAI, Mrs. Ngozi Okonkwo, Ms Okwuchi was chosen as recipient of the award because of her amazing singing talents and unwavering determination to make a difference against all odds.
She said, “the essence of the KMA Awards, which comes up on July 1, is to recognise and celebrate Nigerians from all walks of life that are impacting their immediate environment and beyond through various means.
“The choice of Kechi Okwuchi as recipient of the Role Model of the Year this time was so simple considering how much she has inspired millions around the world through her wonderful performance at the 2017 America’s Got Talent show.’’
“She is not only talented in music; Kechi is also a star in her academics. On her way to clinching a first class, she broke several academic records in the United States where she currently resides. These are after her miraculous escape from death during the Sosoliso Airline crash in 2005 that killed about 107 people.
“So, for us, the young woman is a role model worth celebrating and emulating,” Mrs Okonkwo explained.
She added that the annual event would also recognise the efforts of other individuals including couples that have been good examples for others to follow in the society.