White NAACP leader who lied, for years, about being black, finally changes her name to Nkechi


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Rachel Dolezal — the white National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader who pretended to be black for years — has reportedly changed her name to a Nigerian moniker, meaning “gift of God.” The 39-year-old will now be called Nkechi Amare Diallo, according to the Daily Mail. 

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Legal documents obtained by the British outlet show that she legally changed her name in a Washington state court back in October. Nkechi, which is short for Nkechinyere, originates from the Igbo language of Nigeria — and translates to “what God has given” or “gift of God.”

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Diallo, or “bold,” is ultimately of Fula origin. The Muslim ethnic group is said to have roots in the Middle East and West Africa. 

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Dolezal — who is the former president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter and a one-time professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University — has reportedly fallen on hard times since being exposed by her parents as white in June 2015.

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Speaking to The Guardian last week, the disgraced civil rights advocate described how she had been unable to find a job or pay her rent in recent months. After her name change, she attempted to use her new identity to try and garner some positive attention, the Mail reports.

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