The 39-year-old filed to change her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, according to court documents in Spokane, Wash.Nkechi, short for Nkechinyere, comes from the Igbo word for “what God has given” or “gift of God” in Nigeria.
Diallo, which has African origins, means “bold.”
Dolezal stepped down in June 2015 from her role in the Spokane NAACP chapter after her birth parents revealed that she is white.She also lost her job as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University and said she hasn’t been able to find work since then, despite applying for more than 100 jobs.
She claims her only job offers have come from reality television and porn.
“Right now the only place I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” said the natural blonde, who is living on food stamps and claims she can’t afford her rent.
The narrative was that I’d offended both communities in an unforgivable way, so anybody who gave me a dime would be contributing to wrong and oppression and bad things. To a liar and fraud and a con,” she told The Guardian.Her memoir, “In Full Color,” is due out in March.Dolezal also insisted she has no intention of apologizing for her actions.