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Kechi Okwuchi Did Not Win America’s Got Talent But She Won Our Hearts

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Kechi Okwuchi before and after the plane crash

‘America’s Got Talent’ crowned its winner and it is not Nigerian Semi Finalist Kechi Okwuchi. However, Okwuchi’s performances did land her a huge prize – our hearts. Her song selections resonated with so many and seeing her sing them as she wears the scars of the fatal crash that took the lives of over 100 passengers in 2005 drove a powerful message home; When you are knocked down by life, you can pick up the pieces and rise back up again.

As I listened to her sing renditions of some of my favorite songs, my eyes welled up; not in pity of her situation – oh no. My eyes welled up in admiration of her strength and how she gracefully bears the scars of her traumatic and devastating accident.  Her performance of Ray Charles’ “This Song For You“, did it for me. I doubt there were many dry eyes in the room.

Lyrics of Some Songs Kelechi Performed

Estelle’s “Conquerer”

 
Lyrics

Life is like a big merry-go-round
You’re up and then down
Going in circles tryin’ to get to where you are
Everybody’s been cutting you out
But where are they now?
Sitting in the same old place
Just faces in the crowd
We all make mistakes
You might fall on your face
But you gotta get up!

I’d rather stand tall
Than live on my knees
‘Cause I’m a conqueror
And I won’t accept defeat
Try telling me no
One thing about me
Is I’m a conqueror
I am a conqueror
Ooh oh

Got a vision that no one else sees
Lot of dirty work, roll up your sleeves
Remember there’s a war out there
So come prepared to fight!
You never know where the road leads ya
Not everyone’s gonna believe ya
And even though they’re wrong,
Don’t prove ’em right

I’d rather stand tall
Than live on my knees (Can’t live on my knees)
‘Cause I’m a conqueror
And I won’t accept defeat
Try telling me no
One thing about me
Is I’m a conqueror
I am a conqueror
Oh oh (Ooh ooh)

I am a conqueror

We all make mistakes
You might fall on your face
But you gotta get up!
We all make mistakes
You might fall on your face
Don’t ever give up!

I’d rather stand tall
Than live on my knees
‘Cause I’m a conqueror
And I won’t accept defeat
Try telling me no
One thing about me
Is I am a conqueror
I am a conqueror
Oh oh

I am a conqueror, oh no

We all make mistakes
You might fall on your face
But I am a conqueror

Written by Jaramye Daniels, Sharif Slater, John Lardieri, Akil King, Claude Kelly, Kyle Owens, Angel Leona Higgs, Estelle Swaray, Author Unknown Composer • Copyright © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Frances’ “Don’t Worry About Me”

 
Lyrics

I’ll feel the fear for you, I’ll cry your tears for you
I’ll do anything I can to make you comfortable
Even if I fall down when you’re not around
Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

‘Cause if I fall, you’ll fall
And if I rise, we’ll rise together
When I smile, you’ll smile
And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

I’ll feel the fear for you, I’ll cry your tears for you
I’ll do anything I can to make you comfortable
Even if I fall down when you’re not around
Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

I’ll climb the hills you face, I’ll do this in your place
I’d do anything to go through it instead of you
But even if I fall down when you’re not around
Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

‘Cause if I fall, you’ll fall
And if I rise, we rise together
When I smile, you’ll smile
And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

‘Cause if I fall, you’ll fall
And if I rise, we rise together
When I smile, you’ll smile
And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

‘Cause if I fall, you’ll fall
And if I rise, we’ll rise together
When I smile, you’ll smile
And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me
Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

Written by Sophie Frances Cooke • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Katy Perry’s “By The Grace of God”

 
Lyrics

Was 27 surviving my return to Saturn
A long vacation didn’t sound so bad
Was full of secrets locked up tight like iron melting
Running on empty, so out of gas

Thought I wasn’t enough and I wasn’t so tough
Laying on the bathroom floor
We were living on a fault line
And I felt the fault was all mine
Couldn’t take it any more

By the grace of God (there was no other way)
I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay)
I put one foot in front of the other and I
Looked in the mirror and decided to stay
Wasn’t gonna let love take me out
That way

I thank my sister for keeping my head above the water
When the truth was like swallowing sand
Now every morning
There is no more morning oh I
Can finally see myself again

I know I am enough
Possible to be loved
It was not about me
Now I have to rise above
Let the universe call the bluff
Yeah the truth will set you free

By the grace of God (there was no other way)
I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay)
I put one foot in front of the other and I
Looked in the mirror and decided to stay
Wasn’t gonna let love take me out

That way no
There ain’t no
Not in the name of love
In the name of love (in the name of love)
That way
There ain’t no
I’m not giving up

By the grace of God
I picked myself back up
I put one foot in front of the other and I
Looked in the mirror (looked in the mirror)
Looked in the mirror (looked in the mirror)

By the grace of God (there was no other way)
I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay)
I put one foot in front of the other and I
Looked in the mirror and decided to stay
Wasn’t gonna let love take me out
That way

Written by Greg Wells, Katy Perry • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC
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Belle Mundi Niba is the Editor in Chief of African Vibes Magazine.

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