Transnationalism; health; African immigrants; physical activity; culture; Nigeria; PEN-3


Community Health | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Public Health Education and Promotion | Race and Ethnicity


Background: Transnational Nigerian Immigrants, as other Transnational African Immigrants, are a subset of African immigrants with the unique ability to sustain multi-national ties. These ties could potentially affect health behavior choices and participation in physical activity. Physical Activity has the potential to improve health and prevent chronic diseases; however, there is a lack of literature regarding physical activity and its determinants within the Transnational African Immigrant population in general. This study investigated the cultural factors that shape Transnational Nigerian Immigrants’ perceptions and attitudes towards physical activity.

Methods: Semi-structured, individual interviews supported by photo-elicitation were conducted on 24 Transnational Nigerian Immigrants (11 males, 13 females) to collect rich data.

Results: Participants identified factors such as cultural differences, lack of education, and transnational responsibilities as influential to their choices for physical activity participation and called for culturally tailored approaches to their community.

Conclusion: Results of the study increased our understanding of the impact of transnational activities and identities towards potential health choices. It addresses the socio-cultural factors influencing physical activity behavior within the Transnational African Immigrant community and how it can inform future research on culturally diverse Black populations, further proving that there is not a one-size-fits all approach to addressing health disparities within the Black population