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Former Caucasian NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal who Pretended to be Black for Years Changes Name to Nkechi Amare Diallo



Rachel Dolezal now Nkechi Amare Diallo. Photo Credit: Vanity Fair

The former President of NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Chapter in Spokane, Washington, USA, Rachel Dolezal has changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, Daily Mail reports.

Rachel, a part-time professor of African Studies at Eastern Washington University was forced to step down from her positions in 2015 when it was discovered she had been claiming to be black when she was born Caucasian. Read about it here.

She was first exposed in a local TV interview after she claimed her and her sons were the victims of a hate crime, the reporter asked routine questions about the incident, then confronted her with a photo of her white father. When she started looking puzzled, he asked her if she’s African-American.

She replied, “I don’t understand the question.”

When asked if her parents were white, she mumbled, “I refuse …” and walked off.

Rachel’s parents – Ruthanne and Larry – married for 41 years, made the move to expose her.

They spoke to press and released her birth certificate with their names on it, as well as photos of her growing up – she was a blonde hair, blue eyed girl.

Rachel’s parents had said that they are Czech, Swedish and German, with only ‘faint traces’ of Native American heritage. Although Rachel attended a HBCU (Historically Black College/University) – Howard University for her Masters, her parents claimed she is not black at all.

Rachel changed her name in a Washington court in October according to legal documents.

Nkechi, which is the short form of Nkechinyere originates from the Igbo ethnic group in South East Nigeria and means “What God has given”, “Gift of God” or “God’s own”.

Amare is said to be of Ethiopian origin, and it means “Handsome”, or “Good-looking”.

Diallo, meaning ‘Bold,’ is a last name of Fula origin, a Muslim ethnic group said to have roots in the Middle East and North Africa, and are now widely dispersed across West Africa.

Nkechi recently told The Guardian UK that since the revelation about her race in 2015, she’s been finding it difficult to get a job to provide for herself and her three children.

One of her friends is said to have helped her pay two months rent and she said she expects to be homeless after that.

Nkechi, who has acknowledged she is “Caucasian biologically,” but prefers to be identified as Black, said the only work she has been offered is in reality TV and porn.


  1. Fanya South

    March 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Before the crucifying crusaders jump in, can we please leave her alone. She identifies as black and now wants to have an African American name. This is no different from the transgenders or what Caitlyn Jenner did. Changed her sex and her name. Let people be. She isn’t harming anyone at all. Go Nkechi Amare Diallo! Do your thing!

    • Anne

      March 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I hope she finds help. Can you try getting some help. Victory church Atlanta helped a friend when she was in need. Americans are generous. Also, her parents confirm that they have a tiny trace of black so her situation is different from someone who has no black at all. Rich black folks, come up to this sister’s aid and God bless you.

    • Somborri

      March 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      “Rachel’s parents had said that they are Czech, Swedish and German, with only ‘faint traces’ of Native American heritage.”
      Native American NOT African American. But that is beside the point.
      If we could all be what we identify with……..
      (Fill in the gaps yourself)
      If a biracial man like Obama with more than faint traces of ‘whiteness’ cannot claim to be white why should Ms Nkechi be free to identify as black just because she wants to?

    • jomowale

      March 3, 2017 at 5:38 am

      MY PERSONAL COMENTARY IN REGARD TO SUCH: i understand on one hand that black are showing ethinic exclusivenes and conservativenes, which is nice for a change, than all the horrifc stories of Jamaicans bending backwards to bleach, North nigeria killing themselves to be arabs, and African women stealing and going to jsil over peruvian hair.

      BUT ANYONE IN NIGERIA – U CAN BE BLACK BUT NOT REALY BLACK cough* cough* – and YES VICEVERCA U CAN BE WHITE but operate with soul of a black woman!


    • #Proudnigerian

      March 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I hope your response won’t be different if she was black and wants to be identified as white just saying. I beleive no matter what color you are you should be comfortable in your own skin. Black white, mixed and what not. You can be white and make a difference ,you can be black and also make a difference wanting to fit into what you are not is as a result of little or no esteem. My two kobo??

    • jomowale

      March 3, 2017 at 5:40 am


    • EE

      March 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Igbos are now African-American?

    • Abi

      March 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      @fanya, we can’t leave her alone. It’s an honour and a struggle to be a black woman in America. We have been ridiculed, called ugly, refused jobs because our hair wasn’t chemically processed, neglected by our men, forayed into skin bleaching shame, turned away from clubs, posh shops and restaurants, killed by the law, eyed at work, tried 20 different foundations before settling on a shade that doesn’t make us look like we have a fever, refused homes is nice areas for no other reason but our God given skin colour. So for a white woman who has enjoyed all the privileges that come with being the standard of beauty, whether true or not; judged as trustworthy, reliable, honest, intelligent, qualified and preferred for no other reason than her God given skin colour, to decide that she wants to wear my race like a costume, I am, for want of better words, pissed off.

    • jomowale

      March 3, 2017 at 5:33 am

      So she is responsible for all these things u have listed ?! Abeg get over yourself!!

    • Isi

      March 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      @jomowale, come o, is that you can’t read? Or you don’t understand? Where did you see finger pointing in that comment?

  2. OO

    March 2, 2017 at 12:26 pm

  3. Ça va

    March 2, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Nkechinyere kedu ka imere? 😉


    March 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    …since the revelation about her race in 2015, she’s been finding it difficult to get a job to provide for herself and her three children…..the only work she has been offered is in reality TV and porn.

    Yes o, once you go black, you never go back. Those whites don’t play. When u publicly deny your/their race and claim something else (esp black) , they will make you pay for it dearly.

    Just look at the Kardashians, with all their money, not even the trashiest white man will touch them. Why? too many blacks have “entered” these women. Check divorced/separated white women who’ve had kids by blacks, MOST find it hard to start life all over again with their white counterparts because them white men view them as “nigger left-overs” . In short, market value has reduced.


    • Olu

      March 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      or..maybe ,,,such ladies actually PREFER to be with black men.

    • Daisy

      March 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      You’re truly a riff raff. Who thought you to hate yourself this much? Poor Lil thing.


      March 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I’m responsible for what i type. I’m DEFINITELY NOT responsible for the way u comprehend…Rich Big Object, lol.

    • Idomagirl

      March 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Wasn’t Kim’s husband of 72days a white man?
      Isn’t Scott Disick white?
      That the Kardashians prefer black men doesn’t mean there aren’t white men who won’t touch them.

    • Manny

      March 3, 2017 at 12:22 am

      You are minding the logic of the riff-raff?

    • AmericanWonder

      March 3, 2017 at 12:36 am

      Nope Chris Humphries is black & both is parents too.

  5. funmilola

    March 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    this woman again!
    so desperate to be African, na wa o!


      March 2, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      At least there’s someone who’s “desperate” to be us, naaaah, lol.
      Everywhere, peeps wanna look anything but african. What’s wrong in being black? ha ha ha
      What a breath of fresh air, lol.

    • Miss_Flygerian

      March 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm


      your comment has me in stitches

    • A

      March 2, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Take Kiss for this comment.

  6. Hotspice_yimu

    March 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    BN please proof read your articles always. It is disappointing seeing typo’ errors in not one, but several of your articles. It never used to be like this in the past. Thank you

    • Hotspice_yimu

      March 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      e.g….”Rachel, who has acknowledged she as “Caucasian biologically,” but..” the word “as” was used instead of “is”

  7. Enkay

    March 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Amare. Amara?

    • emmy

      March 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm


  8. Madman

    March 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Come to Africa.. Africans worship white people, you won’t regret it.

  9. Mahka

    March 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    This woman takes the cake after Caitlyn Jenner.
    The amount of skin tanning n contouring she goes through on a daily …must be hard girl.
    I think she should take the reality tv gig, that way us blacks can see a bit of her ‘black personality’.
    She researched well o; Nkechi Amare…strong names, now she’s Caucasian, Nigerian, Ethiopian.

    Are her kids blacks in the mind too?

    • Gene Connor

      March 2, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      “…now she’s Caucasian, Nigerian, Ethiopian.” No, she’s only Caucasian. And she will only ever be Caucasian.

  10. Papacy

    March 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Intense Delusion

  11. Las

    March 2, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I hope this woman finds the acceptance she seeks.

  12. kess babay

    March 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Please why is it a bad thing to want be associated with blacks?
    We are just making a mountain out of nothing.

    • Abi

      March 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      You’re far away from the point.

  13. Ameabo

    March 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Nollywood is always hiring.

  14. Hmm!! interesting……. this is unheard of……

  15. mouth mouth

    March 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm


    • Anon

      March 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Misogynoir- you hate black women so much that even when we’ve not done anything you make it about us so you can insult us. I know you’re speaking about your mother, does she have a PHD?

  16. Bella

    March 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I’m sorry say what, the only job they dey offer you is “Reality TV or Porn” , haaaa you don suffer small! I cant help but to laugh, this is some ridic mess. Girl nah!!! I sincerely hope this confused woman finds the acceptance she seeks, haaa no be small mata. Tis is a case of serious mental issue, what happened for her to want to become so black in a world that favors the so white. Guess people are hardly ever happy with what and who they are, she needs help . Serious depression she is in or mental issues, I pity her a bit o – but my lady, some of us are black and have learnt how to live with it and love it at the same time, biko, go back to your roots and let your life have peace o! what of her kids!! where do they belong, abeg maybe if she had thot this matter well well, and through back then, she should have married a black man and all her problems would have been solved!

  17. artklub

    March 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Since a black person cannot be trans-racial the other way around – like I cannot declare myself white just cuz I feel like it, well neither should she have that privilege – its only fair. Until racism stops and everything is fair, then we can start playing with trans-racial until then – very sorry Rachel.

  18. Me

    March 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Well, if a man can say he is a woman and the other way around, then a white person can say they are black and the other way round too. Sebi it’s all about ‘how you feel’? Confused liberals!

  19. J

    March 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I knew there would be some foolish people in her okay with her nonsense. We are not a people to be picked and played with. Our ethnicity is not something you should be able to join whenever you want to. Away with her and anyone cosigning her nonsense.

  20. Akpeno

    March 2, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Nigerians should be furious at her! What nonsense!

    White privilege affords her to jump between races however she chooses and we are supposed to be fine with this?

    Oyibo! it must be good to be you to be blissfully unaware of your privilege….

  21. ogeAdiro

    March 2, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    It would have been doubly cool if the last name was Njoku/Amadi. Na to begin find work for my sister be that.

  22. nnenne

    March 3, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Well done, Nkechi my sister. We love you unconditionally.
    One love!!

  23. Sharon

    March 6, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I believe if she is more comfortable as a black woman, she should be considered black. Same thing with transsexuals… If they feel like a woman, let them be a woman. This allows a person to be what they are meant to be. Do we have to hate all people who dont identify as we do?

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