Introducing Lilian Onianwa: Championing Digital Wellbeing in Media

Lilian OnianwaFrom Nigeria and currently residing in Germantown, Tennessee, Lilian Onianwa is making waves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Journalism & Strategic Media Department at the University of Memphis. With a robust academic background, including a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Personality and Social Psychology from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Lilian brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her current pursuit: a Master's degree in Journalism and Strategic Media.

Expected to graduate in Spring 2025, Lilian's research focuses on Digital Wellbeing and Media Effects. She is passionate about delving into how exposure to various forms of media influences thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, shedding light on crucial intersections between media consumption and psychological wellbeing.

Among Lilian's notable accomplishments is the publication of her Master's thesis, which explores the Influence of Perceived Covid-19 vulnerability and death anxiety on the quality of life of frontline media workers in Nigeria.

Fueling the Fire: A Passion for Journalism

For many, journalism is more than just a profession—it's a calling, a love affair with storytelling and the power of media. Lilian Onianwa embodies this sentiment as she delves into her Master’s program in Journalism & Strategic Media, driven by her unwavering passion for the craft.

With over a decade of experience in radio, she found herself yearning for more, seeking to expand her horizons and acquire advanced skills in the industry. The renowned journalism program at the University of Memphis stood out as the perfect platform to realize her aspirations, drawing her in with its stellar reputation and esteemed faculty.

Finding the Perfect Fit: Choosing UofM

In her quest for excellence, Lilian sought out the best journalism programs in the United States, and the University of Memphis quickly emerged as a standout choice. Renowned for its distinguishedLilian Onianwa faculty and comprehensive curriculum, UofM offered Lilian the perfect environment to nurture her talents and pursue her academic aspirations. She said the exceptional JRSM faculty and professors are amazing. She describes her UofM graduate studies journey as “Fulfilling”.

Balancing Act: Juggling Responsibilities with Grace

Like many graduate students, Lilian wears multiple hats. From balancing her role as a mother and a Graduate Research Assistant to managing her academic commitments and extracurricular activities, she's mastered the art of multitasking and carving out time for herself. Whether it's whipping up a delicious meal in the kitchen or unwinding with a movie marathon, she cherishes these moments of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the hustle and bustle of graduate life.

Words of Wisdom: A Message of Encouragement

To aspiring and current graduate students, Lilian offers a simple yet powerful message: Believe in yourself and your abilities. With the right mindset and unwavering determination, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Favorite Class with Professor Hilder

Last semester, her favorite class was Media Writing and Editing with Professor Casey Hilder—an exciting opportunity to engage in news writing. Currently, Media Law has her heart. It's thrilling for her to learn about the power of the First Amendment and all the rights she has at her disposal as a journalist. All her professors are fantastic.

Looking to the Future: A Vision of Success

With graduation on the horizon, Lilian's sights are set on the future. Armed with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for teaching, she aspires to become a Media Professor, imparting wisdom and inspiring the next generation of media professionals in the US and back home in Nigeria.

Acknowledgments: Gratitude and Appreciation

In her journey through graduate school, Lilian is quick to express her gratitude to her professors for their unwavering support and her family for their unwavering encouragement. Their belief in her capabilities has been a driving force behind her success.

As Lilian prepares to embark on the next chapter of her career, she does so with a sense of optimism and excitement, eager to make her mark on the world of journalism and academia.