10 Years Stronger, Sosoliso Crash Survivor Remains Unstoppable

It has been ten years since the Sosoliso plane crash that killed 108 Nigerians, including sixty students of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja who were traveling for the Christmas holidays.

The plane burst into flames before crash landing at the Port Harcourt International airport.

An anniversary procession held at Jesuit Memorial College, Aluu was attended by families of the deceased students.

In spite of the fatal crash, the affected airport remains poorly managed.

It was ranked as the worst airport in the world in an international survey that was carried out in October.

One of the survivors Kechi Okwuchi sustained varying degrees of burns.

She has undergone more than 10 surgeries and there are still more lined up for her in the future. Her treatment so far has been sponsored by good Samaritans and corporate organisations like Shell and the Lagos state government.

She has written a book describing her experience during the unfortunate crash.

She  wrote it as a tribute to all the victims of the crash.

Earlier this year, she proved to the world how unstoppable and resilient she is.

She graduated with first class honors from the University of St. Thomas, Texas and dedicated her degree to her school mates who died in the crash.

She also spoke at TEDx event and told her story of how she overcame the post flight trauma.

Her story is a source of inspiration for Nigerians and you can watch her speech for the memorial symposium of 2014.

She addressed the speech to the President of Nigeria and appealed for refurbishment of the Nigerian aviation industry.

Our thoughts are with the 108 victims of the Sososliso plane crash.

They may be gone, but they will always be remembered.

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