BN Our Stories, Our Miracles: Standing Strong Years After Polio! Vibrant Kelechi Uhegwu shares her Story with BellaNaija

To celebrate our 6th anniversary in 2012, BellaNaija embarked on a mission! Our mission was to share OUR Stories and OUR Miracles – BN at 6, Our Stories, Our Miracles. Each and every African at home and in diaspora has a unique story. Many have been through experiences can only be described as miracles. Tragedy and strife converted through faith and perseverance.The response we received has been overwhelmingly positive and BN Our Stories, Our Miracles is now an ongoing feature on BellaNaija in 2013.

29 year old Kelechi Uhegwu is from Abia State. The oldest child of 3 kids, Kelechi’s passion for life and her zest has made her story more a miracle than anything else. Diagnosed with polio when she was a little over a year old, Kelechi has had to pull herself through life despite all the difficulties that are associated with disabilities in Nigeria. Besides having a degree from the University of Lagos, Kelechi loves art and she expresses it through make -up.  BN enjoyed chatting with Kelechi and we hope that you enjoy reading her story.

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Kelechi Unveiled
I was born in Agbor in Delta State and then we moved to Lagos and stayed in  Ojota and later, Satellite Town. I had my primary education at Mictec International School in Ojota, Lagos and at Holy Child International School in Satellite town. I had my Secondary School at Navy Town Secondary school in Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos. A little after my 1st birthday, my parents travelled to Lagos, leaving me with my grand mum in Agbor. I fell ill and was admitted into the General Hospital, Agbor in Delta State where the doctors thought I had malaria or measles. I was injected for some days and this led to pains in my legs after which I could stand but was unable to walk and then I could not walk anymore. I had poliomyelitis (paralytic scoliosis).

My Childhood Post-Diagnosis
My parents were informed and only returned to meet their beautiful and first child paralysed. Naturally, they were devastated, but they had to take the next positive step which was to have me treated in Lagos.
Polio limited my ‘movement’ but it didn’t limit ‘the person in me’. I learnt how to walk with leg braces and crutches. I played like every other kid, I had my fair share of being bullied too.

All my life was school, home, church and the hospital. I was over-protected by my parents as a child. I was not allowed to play outside with other kids because they thought I was fragile but for the adventurous person that I am, when my parents go out, I would device a way to get out of the house with my younger brother to play with other kids, even with the knowledge of the punishment that awaited me.

Kelechi with her mom and sister

Kelechi with her mom and sister

Constant Hospital Visits
I had a minimum of two visits a week to the hospital and each visit was hell. I mean ‘Physiotherapy’. I was always in the hospital and it was extremely painful.  I had my treatment at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos. The experience wasn’t an interesting one, trust me.

Highs and Lows so Far
My highest moment in my growing up years was when I could ask for ‘anything’ from my parents and they didn’t say ‘No’. Everything in the world seemed to be at my beck and call. My lowest moment was on the 8th of March, 2000 when my dad passed on from renal failure. It was the final year of my secondary school and that was when I understood the meaning of the Word – ‘Responsibility’.

A life changing experience was when one of my friends Jane Ogbe wrote a story about me and I was nominated for the ‘Survival Against All Odds Awards, by the Aart of Life Foundation in 2006. It was featured on-air, people voted for me and it was a really exhilarating feeling. I came 1st Runner up eventually. It also helped me become a stronger person because people kept stopping me to say they watched the program and they were inspired by my story. I felt good that I was an inspiration to someone.


University Life
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Lagos in 2008. My entry into the University was a miracle. I had battled with JAMB for two years so I struggled and bought a Diploma form in the University of Lagos, passed the entrance examination and though I did not have the money to pay my school fees. Another challenge was transportation to school from Satellite town to Akoka because Diploma students weren’t given accommodation in school.

Being the very optimistic person that I am, I took the risk of waking up every morning without a dime and then I would get a ride by strangers to half way my journey or directly to school. I met the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academy) of my time to tell him about my challenges. When he met me, he was pleased with my zeal to be educated despite my physical and financial challenges and he gave me an approval to write the exam. I eventually wrote the exam and came out with good grades with which I gained admission by Direct Entry to study a degree course in Zoology and my debt was erased. How I made it through Diploma was amazingly miraculous.

Getting about without Proper Infrastructure for Disabilities
My everyday experience in school got so tough over time as my classes were held at third floor and underground at the Faculty of Science. I couldn’t go for all the classes as my human energy couldn’t carry me. So, I either stayed for all the lectures that would be held at third floor or downstairs throughout a day. I couldn’t shuffle going for classes but ‘I still made it to class’.

My Friends
I have loads of friends who are extremely supportive. I’m someone who’s very vibrant and energetic so I always have positive people around me. I have admirers like every regular girl. Walking with crutches has not influenced my relationship with anyone, people are attracted to my personality and relate with me as a ‘Person’, not as a ‘Challenged Person’.

Ray of Hope in the Horizon
I found a hospital in Nottingham, England where I could undergo corrective surgery. It is an anterior surgical release and posterior stabilisation with rods and screw as well as fusion of the spine with a 2-stage procedure and have an opportunity to walk unaided again. It costs way more than what I can afford as an individual considering my present financial status.

Surround Yourself with Positive People
I write poems, read books, listen to good music, invite friends around. That’s what I do to keep the fire burning. If you have a disability and you live in Nigeria, this is what I’ll say: stay strong, look good, smell good, surround yourself with positive people, dream big, take a Leap and you will achieve your goals!

*Editor’s Note

Due to BellaNaija’s policy, Kelechi’s account number was not previously published. However, we have felt it imperative to do so now as many readers have asked us for it and shown a willingness to contribute to helping Kelechi walk again. She has sent the following bank details to us: Account name: Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth| Account number:  GTB savings: 0008250589.  

Please note that BellaNaija will not be held liable for any misappropriation of funds or any liabilities ensuing from the donation. 

120 Comments on BN Our Stories, Our Miracles: Standing Strong Years After Polio! Vibrant Kelechi Uhegwu shares her Story with BellaNaija
  • silverosas February 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    God bless you and am touch by your story

  • isaid!! February 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    God bless you Kelechi!! You are really an inspiration and a reason for those of us without physical challenge like yours to stop whining about life and put in extra effort. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • abim February 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I know Kelechi very well. We worship in the same Church. Indeed, she is an inspiration. She’s is more than vibrant. The word to use in (HOG, Satellite Town) describing her, I can’t find. She dresses well, forever smiling, very friendly, quite outgoing…I could go on and on. I look at her a lot in church definitely not out of pity but more of admiration. Pity does not come to mind when you see her. She IS a strong woman! I love you Kelechi and I trust that God will get you back on ur feet again somehow, anyhow, someday very soon. He will work thru d doctors (if that’s how He chooses to do it) and get u on ur feet strong!!

    • HairOfTheDay February 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Love this! Totally inspired by her story. The grace of God and mind over matter!

  • cynthia February 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    So is there a way we can all donate to make this surgery happen????

    • Busola February 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      I was gonna ask the same question. Bank details please, I am willing to support this lady.

    • Ibukun Babatunde February 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      @ Cynthia, u can support kelechi by paying into any ( GTBank account number: 0008250589 or Zenith bank account number : 2081287363. Account Name: Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth.) Nothing is to small, thank u and God bless.

      • xo February 6, 2013 at 3:45 am

        So how do we know these bank details are real? Please, let BN put the bank details up.

  • Jane February 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Kelechi is always a beautiful inspiration to everyone, a gift and a beauty to behold. May God bless you beyond your expectations and may you get the speedy recovery u ve long for.

  • taiwo February 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Wow God bless you kelechi! I met Kelechi in Moremi! I could never understand how sshe was always vibrant, friendly and happy! She always put a smile on my face as I walk through the hostel gates! Babe you have impacted more lives than you can imagine! I wish you the very best! Lots of love ! Let’s not forget to donate to her so she can go for corrective surgery. Wondering why that wasn’t emphasized!

  • Sugabelly February 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    So I am going to ask the unpopular question here, but it has to be asked because it is the GIANT elephant in the room.

    WHY DID HER PARENTS NOT VACCINATE HER AGAINST POLIO?

    • taiwo February 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Will this question bring back her legs! Pls be reasonable! I am sure if they cld go back 20th years they wld vaccinate her so “stop flogging a dead horse”

    • cynthia February 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Giant elephant ke? I didnt even think about it. In this case, it cant change anything so whtas the point but if you want to make a case for vacination for new borns, then thats ok

    • X? February 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I had the same thought. Unfortunately, till today, Nigeria is NOT polio free.

    • G! February 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Good question! But that’s like crying over spilled milk. The deed is done already…! What you should really be asking is what can we do to make it better for her….and what can we do to ensure that the incidence of polio reduces almost to zero.

    • Moma Smile May 21, 2013 at 1:39 am

      Dumbass! Educate yourself before assuming she wasn’t vaccinated. It is insulting to her parents please! Vaccine associated polio was rife in Nigeria cos of NEPA breaking the cold chain and the staff being too daft to understand that throwing out bad batches of vaccines was wayyyy cheaper than costing beautiful girls and boys their legs.

  • poshilla! February 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    GOD WIL SEE U TRU DEAR KELECHI

  • D Pretty February 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    God Bless you for sharing such touching and inspirational story.. The Lord is your strength to help keep the fire burning

  • nez February 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Thank u for sharing your story. U are truly an inspiration.

  • Tess February 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Wow…so inspiring!

  • Atarhe February 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, this story is very touching because i know Kelechi personally. She is a very friendly and vibrant young lady, I really thank God for her life. Please lets all make this happen for her by making donations towards her surgery. I think her account details should be posted for all to see.

  • Adee February 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    God Bless you Kelechi

  • Kelechi Uhegwu February 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Plz Kindly send ur suport 4my spinal surgery 2GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth Thank u and God bless u({}).

    • ID February 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Kelechi, if you know someone in the States/U.K. (or paypal accepting country), have them set up a paypal account for you and people can share your story on Facebook and other social media. It’s so much easier to raise funds if you can just send money on your computer. Unfortunately, paypal can’t be set up from Nigeria …at least the last time I checked. May God help us with what these 419 people have caused

      • Duchess February 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        FANTASTIC IDEA!!! Kelechi, please look into this – it would be so much more effective if you can have someone set up a paypal account for you. And spread the word via people and social media forums… Unilag students are EVERYWHERE and I do mean everywhere:) I’m sure they will take on your cause.

        BN – please do go a step further to support this inspiring young woman to get out the word about the surgery. Like yorubas say “eniyan la so mi” (people are my protective covering)… with God and support from well wishers, you can do this!

      • Purpleicious Babe February 7, 2013 at 2:48 am

        Yh… i agree.. pls do raise an awareness and I myself am pro paypal and will consider that or justgiving website. xxx

        Great story and a great girl with great personality..xoxoxo

        lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk

  • dami February 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    kelechi!!!!!!!!remember those daysin unilag-moremi hall.always always cheerful. always always beyind cheerful.looking back now, i never can remember a time i ever saw u sad. if my memory serves me well, u contested a beauty pageant in moremi too, went clubbing a few times too…such positivity. emiable. i saw ur stroy i knew i just had to read it and indeed not one word is untrue. all the best.reading a book…”as a man thinketh” by James Allen…and your story makes it even more meaningful. cheers

    • Kelechi June 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Yes, that is Kelechi (my name sake). Love her so much. She is much more lively than what you see on the internet.

  • Ibukun Babatunde February 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hi kelechi, i have Known u for over 2 decades and trust me , u are really an inspiration. Very lively and kind , back in the days in Holy child and Navy town. Keep believing in yourself while we will continue to support u and the sky will be the beginning for you. Lots of Love

  • Straight4ward February 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    She is soo beautiful!!! God bless her.

  • Nikita February 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Yeah,very interesting lady,very sociable,one can’t help but to love her over & over again. Even though I know her cos we worship in same church,I was still ver touched by her story. I say it’s well with u. For those that want to contribute to her standing,her bank details is: Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth, Gtbank: 0008250589. Thank you

  • oasis chukS February 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Kelechi has been my friend for over 9yrs. She’s the most lively,lovely, intelegent an energetic girl I ever known. Friends show some love! Help Kelechi walk again. She needs 50,000 Pounds for her Surgery in Uk. Plz Kindly send ur suport 4my friend Kelech’s spinal surgery 2GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth Thank u and God bless u({}). Watchout for “Help Kelechi Walk again” concert coming soon

    • Purpleicious Babe February 7, 2013 at 2:51 am

      Pls draft an awareness campaign that will appeal to people here and abroad. You need a larger audience too. x

      BN should defo help in that department, am sure they have connections of cool markters..

      lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk

  • nnenne February 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    the testimonies of those who know her personally speak for itself. she’s a huge inspiration especially to me. God bless you girl and may he grant you your heart desires. will be of help in my own little way.

  • salsera February 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    you can still get polio if you are vaccinated. Had no idea it could lead to scoliosis.
    Kelechi – pls respond if you dont mind with an estimate of what the surgery would cost and include post surgery expenses etc. I have scoliosis too though not the form that would require spinal fusion. From what I do know of spinal fusion it would require physio as well as the fact that you may be have limited mobility for some months. Lets have a realistic figure of EVERYTHING you would require. This helps for people to raise funds and help you with other ways of settling non-surgery bills.

  • Chidi February 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    i’ve been friends with Kelechi since our diploma days and her strength and drive has always been an inspiration to all her friends. She’s such a lively and very friendly person, i hope and pray her dreams come true .

  • Tips February 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Hmmm… Your story will have a happy ending in Jesus name.

  • loveth O. February 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    i hope She will walk again

  • ojiagbada vera uche February 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    hmmm kelechi the strong gurl it is well,we actualli went to secondary school together

  • ugo February 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Kelechi dear may God continue to replenish d strength u have in you..you are an inspiration to many as your courage defeats all boundries..

  • www.dprodigaldaughter.com February 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    God is faithful and true. This should remind us all to be grateful for whatever we have.

    dprodigaldaughter.com

  • Madam the Madam February 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I love people who can remain positive despite the odds. Kelechi, I admire that about you, and from the comments I read, it seems you have made an impact in people’s lives.

    Is there a paypal account or something of that nature for folks who do not live in Nigeria/cannot access GTB or Zenith?

  • amaka February 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    As a starry eyed year 1 student i loved running home 4 weekends!!..till i entered Kelechi’s room in year 2. i was scared naturally coz i heard physically challenged students were ‘trouble’. But all dat changed when i met kc. You made my year 2 enjoyable! U motivated me in a lot of ways. Right now i’m friends with physically challenged, visually challenged, health challenged and ‘any oda challenged’ you can think of….and i am a lawyer!!! You taught me how 2 combine all dear. God bless u real good Kc!!!

  • lolly February 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I LOVE HER ALREADY, ALL THE BEST HUN…..

  • Fumfum Young February 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    May the lord continue to be with you. Am touched by your story and you are an highly favoured person. Stay blessed.

  • Arewa kayode February 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    ugo February 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Kelechi dear may God continue to replenish d strength u have in you..you are an inspiration to many as your courage defeats all boundries. (

  • niitta February 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I actually just saw this lady @ silverbird galleria few wks ago and I was like God wot happened 2 this pretty lady. I tot it was accident. She was so cheerful wif the pple she was wif and smelt so good whn I walked past em…I pray she gets the required amount 4 the surgery and may it be sucessful IJN….

  • zzzzz February 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Very touching story.Please endeavour that you get yourselves and your kids immunized.

  • Teablinks February 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    God Bless you… Really inspiring

  • Elsie February 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Kelechi! I have known this inspiring young lady for 18years and counting. Aah KC you missed out the day I will not forget when in the mist of pouring rain and we had no means of transportation out of our location and you resolved to sit in the middle of the road to get us out of there. As it had become tedious standing for so long on the crutches and there was no shade for cover from the rain. Your zest and boldness has just been amazing, everyone who comes in contact with you just loves you as you are fun all the way. God is able darling! Xx

  • Enifome February 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Kelechi is simply fantastic! U just need to hang around her for five minutes and U are lifted! She is an example of what a true African woman should be! ¶ know her personally. Pls support her! GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth.
    Nothing is too small! Give and it shall be given unto you. God bless U!

  • My sister February 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    The story encourage me. my elder sister too has polio on one leg but that was careless of the nurses(wrong injection). With my parents, uncles, siblings pleading to her,she refused to finished school. She believed in herself so much that she can do everything a person with both legs can do. Today i am proud cos she has three kids(15,12,2 years old). My dear Kelechi. i pray God almighty grant u the desires of ur heart. i believe the surgery will be successful, AMEN. we shall all celebrate with u here(BN) after the surgery.

  • Inspired February 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    #BNinspire

  • zoomzoomzoom February 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Very touching and inspiring story, Kelechi.Stay strong.I wish you the very best in life.

  • ani February 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    @ Bella, first of all, thank you for bringing this to us. Kelechi i know you are going to get the money. May God bless you dear. Your story brought me to tears. May God protect our children, amen.

  • Jumi February 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Bella,

    Kindly update the story with her account details so we know we are paying to the right account. Many thanks!

  • chi February 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Bella can you confirm with Kelechi’s account details with her and put it in the body of the story. Unfortunate that I have to make this request, but you know the country we live in. Thanks!

  • creamlicious February 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Hi pls what the full amount if you don’t mind, so just to know you goal is been achieved am happy to put in a fraction of the amount, God willing. Even without ever meeting you girl, you inspire me to be a better young lady. People like you deserve the best!

  • princess.almroof February 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Thank u for sharing your story with us, God will be with u and ur lovelty family.

  • Onyi February 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Pls someone should contact the Abia state governors office on her behalf ..I know there are hundreds of people who need financial assistance as a result of one disability or another…and this is in no way a blow to their efforts in surviving..but this young lady shows promise and would conquer in even more obstacles on her feet. Wish you well darling and God bless you richly.

  • Sammy February 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Woow….just three words on my mind about kelechi….she is Loving,Caring and Inspiring. Best wishes dear and the LORD is your strength.

  • Eugene February 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    No jokes…… Having known her personally……..she is d definition of d word ‘inspiration’……Plz Kindly send ur suport 4 her spinal surgery 2GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth Thank u and God bless you.

  • R February 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Love that you smile.
    Is there any way to verify that’s a legitimate account number

  • Kizito February 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Im so going to get more people to donate to this worthy course. You have an amazing personality and your story gets one back to reality and really show appreciation to ur maker. You have overcome and you are blessed Kelechi

  • Stephanie N February 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    A very touching story. I wish you all the best! It is disgusting how many people commenting are her ‘so-called friends’. PLEASE DO NOT PAY INTO ANY ACCOUNTS! SEND AN E-MAIL TO BELLANAIJA FIRST! yahooyahoo boys!
    PLEASE DON’T SUCCUMB TO THESE FRAUDS.

  • zino February 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    what can I say about kelechi. me thinks she is the most optimistic person I have ever met. She always has this beautiful smile on her face. I must say this, she is very intelligent, outgoing and strong. She is definitely someone you would like to be around. she makes you see life from a different perspective. Pls support her! GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth. I pray that God would continue to strengthen you daily.

  • kickpolio February 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Kelechi’s story is very inspiring…Nigeria is still polio endemic..infact there are only 3 countries in the world still endemic with the disease ( Pakistan, Afganistan and Nigeria)…the other 2 countries cannot be compared to Nigeria in terms of resources…yet we are having more polio cases in 2012 compared to 2011…
    The fact is this..we have read Kelechi’s story and everyone wants to help her…which is very nice and may the Almighty God bless us all as we do this for her.. there are lots of children who are paralyzed by this disease..very poor children who may never had the opportunity of education or access to good health care…
    A child that has completed his/her routine immunization on poliomyelitis can still get infected..that is why there are Supplemental Immunization days conducted nationwide or sub-nationally…
    A country like India was able to interrupt the transmission of the polio virus in 2011 due to total commitment of both the government and the citizens..Artists, politicians, celebrities, students, etc…all supported the polio awareness campaigns and informed people about the disease…helped to build primary health care facilities, joined the polio vaccinated team during the immunization campaign and with all these joint efforts..the transmission was interrupted…

    The reverse is the case in Nigeria…need I go on…even a Facebook group page on ‘Let’s kick polio out of Nigeria’ is hardly visited by any of the group members…no one is interested becos their sisters, brothers, kids, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends…all are healthy(?) and will never get the disease…
    As usual we will blame the government..

  • Martin February 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Its a genuine acc number. It belongs to her. I know her personally. If u want to be so sure u can ask for her phone number. Dat ok?
    Keep d fire burning Kelechi. I’ve always known you to be a fighter. Kip ur head up!

  • oasis chukS February 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    @ all these are Kelechi’s legitmate account details:2GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth. You can also have a private chat with Kelechi through. Her email Kelechiuhegwu@yahoo.com. .Thanks loads and God bless you as you make her dream of Walking on her feet again come true

  • sweetest February 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Kel, ever cheerful… God will see u tru dis

  • oasis chukS February 6, 2013 at 12:11 am

    @Creamlicious. Thanks for your love and concern. She need 50,000 Pounds for her spinal surgery in Uk and 5000 Pounds For her (and 1 other person to asist her)ravelling expenses plus other expenses. She need of Total of 55,000 pounds. Her account details are:GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth. You can also chat with With Kelechi through her email:: Kelechiuhegwu@yahoo.com. May God make you a thousand times more better as you help Kelechi’s dream to walk again on her feet come true ..

  • Stacy February 6, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Kelechi is special, she is rare. I first noticed her on a bike everyday heading for school in Navy town while I was going to work in the morning. Even from a distance she seemed determined. When I got to know her my love and respect for her increased drastically. Ever smiling, ever sweet, always with friends. She deserves to have this chance to walk again. And she will. Please donate whatever you can, no matter how small or big. It would be another miracle to have a few people to decide to foot the bill. Please allow God to use you bless my sister and friend.

    Bella, please put out her account details so people will know it is authentic.

  • NNENNE February 6, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Remain blessed.

  • bisi February 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

    God bless u Kelechi. i can recall the face – Unilag. :)

  • beebee February 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

    i saw kelechi at alakija bus/stop, like once or twice, don’t know her, but what came to my mind was….was admiration cause she looked beautiful didn’t even see the crutches..you are such an inspiration.. God bless u real good!

  • Retrochic February 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

    why is bella not puting ur her acct details,

  • Stella Uhegwu February 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

    The 1st thing that attract me, was you bear the same name & surname with my family and from the same state. I love the spirit in you, keep the fire burning and never give up. your story has inspire others.

  • jane February 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Very inspiring..i love the positive spirit!! You are definitely going places IJN.Amen

  • kiks February 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    inspiring! i love the fact that u dint allow the defect stop you from becoming what you are today. the surgery will come out success IJN

  • Kelechi Uhegwu February 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for your love and concern towards me…. I’m so so overwhelmed at the immensity of Love n Concern shown towards me. D acct details put up up earlie are correct. U can use my email I.d to locate me on fb. (Kelechiuhegwu@yahoo.com). You can chek on my timelinefor authencity.Plz Kindly send ur suport 4my spinal surgery 2GTB Acct; 0008250589/Zenith Bank 2081287363.Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth Thank u and God bless u({}).

  • Ella February 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    kelechi how much is d money? Why is somebody else saying 50,000 pounds and you are not saying anything. BN pls let us know.

  • jade February 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Wow, very inspiring. May God continue to bless and keep you.

  • toyin February 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Kelechi, you are truly an inspiration. Gosh, I can’t stop crying. I’m deeply amazed when I see peoples like this beautiful lady go far in life, in spite of their physical limitations and challenges. May God continue to give you the strength, and happiness each day. You have my support financially, and I know you will have the money that you need. Good luck, darling.

  • Pamela February 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Very Inspiring Kelechi…May God’s blessings be with you always. You shal excel and be a source of pride and joy to all around you. Thank you for sharing!

  • Miss Posh February 7, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I remember Kelechi as a lovely lady from the moremi days back in UNILAG.I would love to help out, but If Bellanaija doesnt put up the account details, then i would advise caution.

  • Sara Adebayo February 7, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Nothing to add. Not only she is beautiful she is also inspirational. Good luck in all your endeavors my dear.

  • omotee February 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

    its quite amazin wen ple like kelechi see life so differently. i also had a female neighbour of mine who was a sweet person that men were jst flocking ard her like bees. while fellow ple jst give up at d slighest and rectifiable probs. lets all tink clearly.

  • Omo1 February 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

    God bless this young woman! I haven’t been touched like this in a while..I am happy that she is so full of life and not put down by her condition. How i wish she could walk :(

  • Trendysturvs February 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I am so touched by her story

  • Daniel February 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Strong woman…. when i met her thats the first tot that came to my head, she deserves loads too…. her positive energy is a sublime

  • Chinel February 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    may God bless your beautiful soul.

  • Dr O February 8, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Wow, Such a beautiful lady!

    I agree BN this story is incomplete, the writer should have put ALL contact info, plus bank info, plus surgery amt and details. Many of the comments have asked for this. I understand Kelechi and friends are posting on here, but thats not how its done. It should all be official, friends please have BN do that, set up a website for her, an awareness page, with clear and precise details. Something that people can forward to others, thats how it is done.

  • Ada February 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I met kelechi sumwhere along this her insipiring journey thru life, I guess that was probably when she jst graduated frm Unilag, her youth service days was such a miracle n with her great determination she was able to pull thru. Since den she has bin a very good friend and source of inspiration 2 me and evn though I have a first hand contact with her n knw her survival story, I couldnt help but feel touched by this inspiring story all ova again .Pls kindly send ur suport 4my kelechi’s spinal surgery 2 GTB Acct; 0008250589 Uhegwu Kelechi Ruth.God bless U.

  • Kelechi Uhegwu February 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    @helpkelechiwalk

  • bukky February 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I remember her from Unilag.She ALWAYS had a smile on her face!!

  • joy February 9, 2013 at 6:47 am

    As I Read her storie n d testimony abt her from pples coment tears rolled down my chic.She is determined to survive unlike me who’s on my both legs wen I pass throu som challnges I feel like giving up my mindset just changed.God Bless U Kelechi :*

  • Belinda February 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Kc on sunshine! I still remember our days at Navy Town Sec.Sch, kc is beautiful, intelligent always lively,energetic,always smiling…i neva knew she was going through pains, n even though i knew her 4 lng, i’m inspired and touched by her story…. Kc your joy shall be full IJN…Amen! Keep d fire burning.

  • ANYANSO JIMMY IREKE February 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    datz why iz gud for 1to stay positive coz it payz

  • patrick February 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Kelechi.. I believe you are made to be a source of strength to the world around you. I have tapped from it and sure you do let your light shine. When we were in school, before I go visiting her, I usually prepared my myself against kelechi’s questions ; How are you Patrick? How are your friends? Have u got a good girl friend? Hope all is going well? How is your school work? How is home? Why are you looking bigger? arrrrghhhhh…….very inquisitive lady… But one could see in all, she had love in her and she loved to share it. She deserves our love and support too.. She will walk again with your kind help and God’s loving grace. Please help the sweet, loving and inquisitive friend of mine.. God bless you as you do.

  • victor orji aka D Wood February 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    if there is one woman this generation will celebrate, its Kc, she has has accomplished more than men with abilities. she is my HERO, I LOVE U KC

  • Whole Woman February 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    What a woman! WHOLE AND BEAUTIFUL. Positivity of the mindset is key. You will, if you will. God uplift you even higher Kelechi, you are amazing polio or no polio, this is your person. Just like Kechi Okwuchi, your beautiful personality as individuals is what shines through. Amazing women I love.

  • Funke Attah February 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Thank u for being an inspiration Kelechi,may the good Lord reward u for all ur efforts.

  • Emmanuel February 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I have been seeing you since the past 8 years virtually every Sunday as a Church Member. Reading your story on BN made me realize how distant we are from each others in the Body. Your purpose and vision will draw men to support your cause.

  • Ekott David Ini February 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Nice one Kelechi; I know U will walk again; I salute your resilience and perseverance. God bless U LOADS and the miraculous provision will actually come; we are praying for you and urging everyone to contribute into her successful mobility

  • Desola Akogun February 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    KC, I salute the fighting spirit in u sis! I remembered how u would send messages to me for notes and lectures u could not attend, not bcos u dnt want to attend those lectures ,but bcos there was no one to help u up to the (lab) 3story building with stairs as high as Olumo rock! (lol)/Lecture theaters underground the Faculty! I dnt give u a helping hand bcos u needed it, I did all I could, bcos I put myself in ur shoes anytime I set my eyes on u! You are my friend KC, with or without ur legs! I know u will walk again IJN! Amen! Looking forward to my wedding. day when u will give me a facial make over! Thanks for the beautiful times we shared together in school! We will do our best and the Almighty will perfct ur healing IJN! Amen!

  • Desola Akogun February 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    KC, I salute the fighting spirit in u sis! I remembered how u would send messages to me for notes and lectures u could not attend, not bcos u dnt want to attend those lectures ,but bcos there was no one to help u up to the (lab) 3story building with stairs as high as Olumo rock! (lol)/Lecture theaters underground the Faculty! I dnt give u a helping hand bcos u needed it, I did all I could, bcos I put myself in ur shoes anytime I set my eyes on u! You are my friend KC, with or without ur legs! I know u will walk again IJN! Amen! Looking forward to my wedding day when u will give me a facial make over! Thanks for the beautiful times we shared together in school! We will do our best and the Almighty will perfect ur healing IJN! Amen!

  • Desola Akogun February 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    KC, I salute the fighting spirit in u sis! I remembered how u would send messages to me for notes and lectures u could not attend, not bcos u dnt want to attend those lectures ,but bcos there was no one to help u up to the (lab) 3story building with stairs as high as Olumo rock! (lol)/Lecture theaters underground the Faculty!I know u will walk again IJN! Amen! Looking forward to my wedding day when u will give me a facial make over! We will do our best and the Almighty will perfect ur healing IJN! Amen!

  • Desola Akogun February 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    KC, I salute the fighting spirit in u sis! I remembered how u would send messages to me for notes and lectures u could not attend, not bcos u dnt want to attend those lectures ,but bcos there was no one to help u up to the (lab) 3story building with stairs as high as Olumo rock! (lol)/Lecture theaters underground the Faculty!I know u will walk again IJN! Amen! We will do our best and the Almighty will perfect ur healing IJN! Amen!

  • Henry February 14, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I believe In you Kelechi ……I see you walking:)

  • michael February 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    What ever condition we find our selves today, is always for a purpose and for a reason.
    the most important thing in life is what we make out of it.
    the physical body is an image that our very soul control…..some are physically challenged while some, are emotionally & psychologically challenged…..what makes this people part of us and to b loved by us is because they have the soul that we have, the same image, the same blood, the same world and most of all, the same spirit created by the one true God…..we can always be who we want to be and achieve great things, only if we believe that, what really makes us who we truly are…Is that very spirit, that very breathe that God breathed inside of us that brought life to our existence.

    Kelechi Uhegwu is a true example of the above characteristics….She is a living inspiration to those who believe becus they are physically challenged, they are worthless to the society…truly the weak will survive if we show some love and Kelechi Uhegwu is the true product of that LOVE

    • michael February 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      I had to respond to my post because Kelechi Uhegwu is a person i know so well during my staying in Satellite Town…..the God that gave you life will always give you the means to live and achieve great things in Life…May God bless you Kelechi Uhegwu…you are a big inspiration

  • mirian sunday stephen February 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    kc forever strong. still remember when your dad takes us to school with his car before living us. i know that God will perfect all that concerns you soon. you are a rare gen darlin and a big inspiration.

  • ebi February 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Hello Wonderful Friends… The helpkelechiwalk benefit concert wud be holdin real soon…. If you’d like to volunteer to make d concert a success pls kindly add Henry pin:28C9EA0C…. we need helpin hands, plz.. Thank you so much({})

  • Onyinye March 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Kelechi s an anqel in human form..she made understand the word “responsibility and a cheerful heart”..i cant wait to see yuh walk kc…pls do snd in ur support to d acct no above…

  • olujosh March 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    simply inspirational………. hrt touching stories. God bless ya!

  • jenifer August 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    So touching! God has perfected all dat consigns u Kelechi.
    It is well

  • Osas Benjamin October 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Yes,dis is her true life story I know her since 2001-2002 but I never new she undergone dat stress in school,anyway u have made it, even up till •̸№ω. We attend thesame church (house of grace satellite town) she is awesome I celebrate u KELECHI.

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