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Kay Obum Survivor of Deadly Explosion Blessed to see another day!

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burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke

burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke

Who is KOSISOCHUKWU?

My name Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke I know a Mouth Full. This stems from my heritage Nigeria, more specifically from the Igbo tribe. I am from Abatete in Idemmili North local government of Anambra state. I am the first son and issue of parents, sir & Dr ifeoma obumneke-Okeke P.hD.

I have and elder sister married with kids and 3 younger siblings a Lawyer(Chisolum) micro-biologist/pharmacy student (Mmesoma) and our last child a Medical student (Idimma). I am a Psychologist by profession. But a writer, blogger, photo model, counselor, live motivational speaker, computer worker (software only) and human rights activist.

 

burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke

burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke

What is the story behind your scars?

It was as a result of adulterated kerosene lamp explosion, landed me in the hospital at the age of 9.

A litre of fuel sells for N145.00 while kerosene sells for N250.00.  So it is easy for people to mix kerosene with fuel to make more money. The most recent explosin happened in June this year in Cross River State. It was an indescribable disaster and at least five people died and several others are fighting for their lives. 

I am lucky to see antoher day and chase all my goals and dreams.

A litre of fuel sells for 145.00 while kerosene sells for N250.00, so it is easy for people to mix kerosene with fuel to make more money Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/06/criver-residents-panic-multiple-kerosene-explosions-wreak-havoc/

Kerosene and Fuel mixed Lamps, commonly used in Nigeria

 

“My outlook on life changed after surviving this explosion.”

 

How do people in the environment treat you , strangers and people close to you?

People in the hospital understood that I was once dead and was brought back to life by Gods grace because I was in  a coma for 4 to 5 weeks. The fire burn degree was the 3rd . But I made it home after months in the hospital (those were so helpful and cheered me up then).

Home was my family they did all they could to get me all patched up making sure that I feel alive.

STRANGERS this the group I still deal with up till now. I was a young lad filled with energy and vigor wanting to be accepted into a world that loves complete looking people. Rather than those that has a story of life’s greatest survival.

 

burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke

burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke also known as Kay Obum

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from what happened to you?

Self-acceptance.

What do you have to say to all people around the world who have experienced the same?

Hey there, do you remember those moments your only wish was to see if you can sit up in bed? Those moments you wanted to leave the bed and just put your feet on the ground? Those moments the doctors said your wounds are responding to top treatments? That day the doctor said you can now be signed off to be an OPD (Outpatient department) patient? When it finally healed but the itching sets in?

Lastly it healed but your scared of how you look when you look at the mirror and other how other people perceive you? Really? Hey you will make it again all I listed was all the worst times we had above and we made it we will make it too.

Love yourself.

“A brand that makes any burn survival man, woman, child to show all the hidden talent that they have”

burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke

burn survivor Kosisochukwu Obumneke-Okeke posing

What do you have to say to people who did not experience the same as you did?

An accident is nothing that we came into the world with, it is not (innate) it is just as a result of life’s activities that it happened.

Burnt survivor Kay Obum

Burnt survivor Kay Obum

What are your dreams for the future?

I am working on having a brand that makes any burn survival man, woman, child to show all the hidden talent that they have within them and as a psychologist I will also employ some of my other friends to help me in clinical assessment of those burn victims. Giving them a chance to develop a nice personality that they could be proud of. Knowing that they have survived a very strong life challenging experience and still live to see another day.

Getting married to that one lucky woman that adores all of me.

Having great children that points at me in front of other children and says that is my daddy.

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Hannah Akua The Face of Melanin Wonder 2019

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Hannah Ofosu-Oware

The Face of MelaninWonder

A bit about me…who am I?
I am Hannah Ofosu-Oware. I was born in Accra, Ghana, West Africa in the late nighties.

Accra, Ghana source: phdmedia.com

I came to the Netherlands at the age of 15 and have been blessed to enjoy the exciting journey of assimilating into the Dutch culture.

It has been a stark difference from what I left behind in Africa. The unlimited sunshine, heat and abundance of fresh tropical foods. The uniqueness of this deep culture and environment is what I feel adds depth to my character and look.

The Vibrant marketplace in Ghana

I am fun, warm, attentive and love to be around people. I also adore cooking and aspire to one day own a fusion African restaurant in Holland and in Ghana. I cook for friends, family and anyone that loves to eat!

” By nature, I am typically a very shy individual and have always had to motivate myself to break out of my shell. “

Why I took part in the MW contest?

Hannah rocking some Kente fabrics

By nature, I am typically a very shy individual and have always had to motivate myself to break out of my shell. However, I decided to let go of my inhibitions and take the leap of competing in this year’s campaign to be the female face of the Melanin Wonder brand. I have in the past taken up a few modelling projects and found it to be an art form that brings out creativity. I love it. 😊

Photography by: Godfried van Utrecht

For those who may not be aware, Melanin wonder is a Netherlands based online magazine created with the intent to educate, entertain, inspire and also highlight social issues affecting the African youth in the diaspora. 

Hannah

I would like to support and be part of a brand that uplifts individuals to spotlight when they do not have a voice or a face. As the popular saying goes, ‘Black is beautiful’, but many fail to acknowledge that.  

Photography: Vonne in-house Melanin Wonder photographer

I desire to be an inspiration to the Black OR Brown girl, woman (FEMALE) with her unique African lineage and truly believe that BLACK is indeed BEAUTIFUL.

Hannah

Khoudia Diop inspired me a lot she said “Being black it’s not a crime, Be happy with what you have and who you are”.
  

Hannah.

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