Ola Ojeikere


Black Female Immigrants' Psychosocial Challenges


This research explores the psychosocial challenges faced by Black female immigrants, especially of African descent, who make up an extensive portion of the thriving movement of foreigners to America. However, limited exploration exists on the entire burden of their encounters. Challenges faced by these populations have various disadvantages that lead to mental health symptoms, which consecutively lead to gloomy outcomes that may add to social problems such as substance dependence, poverty, and health crises. The researcher examined the barriers that impede Black female immigrants’ mental health and overall well-being. Black female immigrants in the United States encounter various challenges ranging from health inequity, social exclusion, linguistics, and stigmatization. Migrants encounter challenges like accent obstacles, developmental, tribal diversity, communal struggles, hardship, and downturns. These factors can lead to adverse mental health and reduce the ability to utilize available mental health resources. The topic has essential repercussions for social workers as it is critical for assessing ambiguity and advancing cultural proficiency in providing interventions. The papers presented in this collection are comprised of a systematic literature review of research on the challenges that Black female immigrants encounter and how it impacts their functioning, a conceptual framework for the use of gender-specific and person-centered intervention using the lens of Black feminist theory, and intersectionality framework, and a proposed practice application for person-centered and gender-specific treatment approach. The words “migrant” and “immigrant” will be used interchangeably in the paper collection. This paper ai


Ola Ojeikere obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from California State University in 2018 and her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California through the one-year advanced standing program in 2019, and she is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky, with a graduation date of May 2024. Her focus of research and capstone project is on the psychosocial challenges of Black Female Immigrants and how they impact their mental health and overall well-being.

Ola Ojeikere has been successful in helping clients in resolving mental health symptoms and assisting clients in resolving family conflicts. Ola Ojeikere received the Deans award during her bachelor’s program at the California State University, Los Angeles, and graduated cum laude with her BSW and MSW. She is currently a Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Honor Societies member.