A promising future after surviving war, poverty and crash
HE HAS survived war, poverty and a horror car crash - and you can't wipe the smile off Edward Quoibia's face.
The Liberian smiled from ear to ear yesterday as he spoke about his future and reflected on his life, including the car crash that almost ended it.
Edward arrived in Australia five years ago having escaped with his family from his war-torn homeland.
A few weeks ago he graduated from North Rockhampton High School with his twin sister Edwina.
It looked an unlikely scenario in 2010 after he nearly died in a horror crash near Gracemere.
Talking about his ordeal Edward said "I died" after the truck he, Edwina and his father were in veered on to the right-hand-side of the road and crashed head-on with a four-wheel-drive.
His dad received moderate chest injuries, Edwina received minor head and leg injuries but Edward wasn't so lucky.
He sustained serious head injuries and spent two months unconscious in hospital in Rockhampton and Brisbane.
Edwina yesterday said her dad had spent the night before the accident recording music.
On their way to a food fair the next day, their truck crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming 4WD after her dad fell asleep at the wheel.
Yesterday Edward was full of beans and keen to get into retail work.
He was at a Rockhampton School 2 Job school leaver event, hoping to take up training to work at Best & Less in Gracemere.
"I can't wait to start working and getting money," he said.
'll "When I was at school this year I wanted to be a doctor and a chef ... but Ijust take one step at a time."
In the long run he wants to be a pastor, because he was told he was destined to be one.
Edwina also wants to work in retail in the short term but has dreams of recording her own gospel album.
"I want to work in radio as well," she said.
The pair moved to Rockhampton from the war-torn nation of Liberia.
They said their English was very broken when they arrived. They have become fluent during their studies at North Rockhampton High School.
"We came from poor education to graduation," Edwina said.
Education Department Central Region director Wayne Butler wanted local industrial businesses to support the Rockhampton School 2 Job program.
Names: Edward and Edwina Quoibia
From: Liberia but have been in Rockhampton for five years
The crash: Edward was in a coma for two months
Aspirations: Best & Less and gospel singer respectively