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Nollywood Actress Reveals Why She Changed Her Name


Nollywood actress, Amandla (formerly Amanda) Ebeye, has disclosed that she had no business bearing a white man’s name, adding that that was the reason she opted for a name change.

The newly married movie star also added that she wanted something closer to her African roots.

In a recent interview, she said, “I’ll attribute it (change of name) to knowledge of self. Amanda is a Latin name that means ‘loveable’. Obviously, I am not Latin; my dad is from Agbor in Delta State, while my mum is a Yoruba woman. I truly had no business bearing Amanda, but for colonial reasons. There is no reason for me to bear a white man’s name. How many of them bear our names? I  badly wanted to change to something close to my birth name, so it would be easy for people to adapt. Then, I found Amandla, which is a Xhosa and Zulu (South African tribes) name, meaning ‘power’. It was a popular chant used during Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid.”

The actress also stated that the name change would not affect her past productions.

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Speaking on how married life is treating her, Amandla Ebeye said, “Marriage is good. We have been sailing the boat for close to two years, and I am loving it completely.”