In 2001, Ivory Coast native Gnimbin Albert Ouattara came to the U.S. on a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study history. At Georgia State, advisors suggested his first name would be hard to pronounce, and so they made his middle name, Albert, his first name on school records. Then 9-11 happened, and the simple name-change ended up complicating Gnimbin’s life more than anyone had predicted.
Broadcast version of story that aired Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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