About Lola

Portrait - Lola Akinmade Åkerström - Photo credit: Jessica Segerberg

Nigerian-born Lola Akinmade-Åkerström’s photography and travel writing are characterized by vibrancy and hope. Obtaining a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a solid background in Geography, she specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and her affinity for the geosciences and maps meant she was born to travel.

Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, Lonely Planet, New York Times Online, San Francisco Chronicle, Travel + Leisure, New York Magazine, Travel Channel’s World Hum, Forbes, Sherman’s Travel, Fodors.com, National Geographic Channel, amongst others.

Some of her articles and photography have been syndicated on MSNBC, Slate, Yahoo, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post, and Time Warner.

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She worked as a field journalist on the web team during Eco-Challenge’s Expedition Race in Fiji and currently volunteers as a photojournalist with the Swedish Red Cross and World Hope International, documenting their projects in countries such as Nicaragua, Sweden, and Cambodia, and C.H.I.E.F – an NGO based in Nigeria that promotes grassroots health development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and the empowerment of women.

Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

She owns and runs Geotraveler Media - a multimedia and travel consulting firm providing a spectrum of travel media-related services from writing, photography, and art to web design, and social media. lola_sig

She is the editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm – an editorial site which encourages travelers to explore Stockholm deeper and slowly, and was the photoblogger for Sweden’s official website.

She has been recognized with awards for her work.

She is also the cartoonist behind Office Supplies – The Comic © and an oil painter.

She is based in Stockholm, Sweden and available for assignments around the world.

View her official portfolio at akinmade.com.

  • http://countlessmiles.wordpress.com Moni

    I found out about your website from a very good friend Wale Ariztos – he speaks highly of you. I am glad I’m finally reading through your website and I am truly inspired by your journey and passion!! I love traveling as well, and I just started my journey, so it is good to see someone who has been through a similar experience and is now living fulfilled. I look forward to more interesting and insightful posts from you.

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      Thanks so much Moni and great to connect with you! Please feel free to reach out whenever you like and looking forward to following your own journey as well. Best wishes and safe travels!

      • http://countlessmiles.wordpress.com Moni

        Thank you Lola.

  • Gbola

    Great job Lola. Discovered your website via Travel + Escape Magazine. Really inspiring work you have accomplished here. Wish I knew about the 2013 TBEX conference held in Toronto.

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola Akerstrom

      Thanks so much Gbola!

  • http://www.nobisphotography.com Micheal

    Wao! I’m so Proud to know you are a Nigerian. Great works you have Lola! Well done.

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      Thanks so much Michael! I’m sooo proud to be a Nigerian myself and hope I can do us proud :)

  • http://www.walkingthespirit.com Julia Browne

    Beauty. Period.

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      Thanks Julia!

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  • Scott

    Nice website, Lola. You ssssound bussssy!

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      Thanks Sssscott! We freelancers have to constantly hustle :)

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @Winifred – Thanks!

    @Alero – Thanks for your support and kind words!

    @Sonia – Many thanks!

  • Sonia

    Very impressive website (and career!) Lola. Am pleased to have found you. Love your Blog.

  • Alero Adollo Aladesilu

    Lola I’m so proud of you. To see you followed your creativity through is an inspiration to me.I remember your short stories in school. Congratulations on all your published works too.

  • Winifred

    Lola, you are doing great. Its been worthwhile going through your works. Keep it up!

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @Everyone – Thanks so much for your kind words!

  • http://swaussie.blogg.se Anna – Swaussie

    Hi Lola,
    saw that you found our blog and added your own to our Expats in Sweden list. I’m glad you did cause now I found yours as well. Looking forward to reading more.

  • Baskar

    Hope you remember me still… Good Luck with your dreams !

    - Baskar

  • Manuel

    Howdy

    Saw something about Roger Ebert? He writes with an incredibly appealing and tasteful style

    I sort of stumbel on your website while researching to do something about a huge social disease that has disturbed me for several years. Recently, i got into the whole groove of ‘Lliving Life like you actually want to’…..a mindset/idea/journey/notion so far fetched to a lot of people, I find it quite unfortunate.

    It would seem you live your dreams on a daily basis. Pleas continue to inspire us all, and I pray the blessings received from giving back to the world, will continue to wash you, surround you, and live itself in and around you

    Cheers

    Manuel

  • http://www.newimagephotography.multiply.com Julian Taban IFPO 26271

    Go for it Lola

  • Uko

    Lola, you’re living my dream. Man, those snow pics are so stunning and meditative. I’m looking to start a blog or mag where Naijas in far-flung but interesting places post thoughts, reports or pics. You go, girl!

  • Rita Elaiho

    Congratulations on a job well done thus far girlfriend!
    Don’t worry i know you’d make us all proud as usual when you get to the North Pole…
    Lol

  • http://lolaakinmade.com/about-2/ Tutu

    Awesome…as usual!

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @dmdolat & Teenu – Thanks!

    @Dr. Slick – Thanks for dropping by and sending mad vibrations back your way. Sincerely! :)

  • http://doctaslick.blogspot.com Dr. Slick

    Hey lil mama! What a great website! I’m passing it along to my comrades. Sending mad vibrations from the left side Los Angeles, USA
    danke–

  • Teenu

    nice!

  • dmdolat

    I appreciate dis blog so much…

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @Patricia – Thanks so much. I was definitely inspired by their will.

  • patricia

    just seen your pictures on bbc aboutt eh children that travle to school in canoes.
    loved the pictures, and thanks for sharing that small piece of info- those kids are rock stars, come rain come shine…you gotta go to school.

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @Ovie – OVIE!!!! how are you? where are you? Sending tons of love your way. Will go stalk you on Facebook now :)

  • http://none Ovie

    Lola!!! That’s all I’ve got :) Art says hello as well. I’m on the facebook, so if you are ever around Dayton let me know. I’ll show you the wife and kids. Art may be getting married, too. Stay well. Ovie

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @Juliette – Definitely let me know if you travel to Sweden!

    @Ade-B – E se gan! Thanks so much for your encouragement!

    @Babtope Omoju – Thank you!

    @Leeton Hanson – No worries at all. Glad you liked it and God bless you too!

  • leeton hanson

    auntie Lola, how far now?

    i’m sorry, i came across your website cos i read your article at matador ‘the Beginner’s Guide to Nigerian Pidgin English’. i thought it was brilliant, especially as it had the audio to go with it… such a great help to a caribbean 9ja lover like me. thanks so much for sharing. the LORD bless you

  • BABATOPE OMOJU

    well done, i like your work.

  • Ade-B

    Hi Lola, just came across some of your works and searched for this blog. Just thought I would at least drop a note and congratulate you on your work and encourage you to please continue… :-)

  • http://shahlarveek.blogspot.com/ Julliette O (Larvk)

    Hi Lola,

    such a pleasure reading your blog and i happened to come by it via @ebertchicago. I hope when i come to visit Sweden sometime i will get a chance to meet you. I love traveling and taking pics a lot :)
    You can also find me on twitter my id (@LarvK)

    Cheers-

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @Andreas – Thanks for visiting and I hope you stick around. That’s one of my favorite travel quotes as well. You can check out 49 more here – http://www.bravenewtraveler.com/2008/03/07/50-most-inspiring-travel-quotes-of-all-time/

  • Andreas

    Lola, great blog, great post, great pictures, its nice to know travelers like u, i was born to travel too. Those who dont travel just read one page of the world.

  • Laura Windham

    Lola, don’t know you but followed your link from Adrienne Wilson…….love your blog and your photos are beautiful!!

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      @Laura – Thanks so much! Hope you come back often.

  • http://bookaholicblog.blogspot.com/ Temitayo

    I love this picture :-) Fly, fly, fly away…

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      @Temitayo – Haha! Thanks

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    @Chidinma – You’re too kind!

  • http://naijaamericangirl.blogspot.com/ Chidinma

    I think I’ve found another new role model!

  • http://lynnejordan.com/blog Lynne

    OOH Lola! It’s sunny in Chicago and I found your blog via Roger Ebert. Love your photos! They are joyful, gorgeous and I thank you. Check out my blog sometime: http://lynnejordan.com/blog
    Keep on sista girrrl!!
    Lynne

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      Hi Lynne! Thanks so much for dropping by. Will definitely check out your blog. Sincerely!

  • http://neerajbhushan.com/ Neeraj Bhushan

    Feeling great to connect with you. Keep sharing. Best.

  • Innocent Tariah

    you have made our family proud and we are proud of your heardwork and dedication,keep it up, Congratulation for your wedding.help me to thank you father chief Akinmade a BIG thank you for his love and care………..

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com geotraveler

    Picone – Thanks!

    Ayanna – Thanks so much for discovering this blog and your kind words. Will check out your work as well.

  • http://ayannanahmias.com Ayanna Nahmias

    Love your blog. Going to link to it. Your subject matter is engaging and in line with my interests. Congratulations on all of your published works. You are an inspiration to me.

    Be well,
    Ayanna Nahmias

  • http://www.tomsaari.com Picone

    Hey man thanks for the great post. Look forward to reading more!

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com geotraveler

    Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. Just being myself :)

  • Damilola Mofikoya

    lola, good work am proud of u. not many nigerians venture into this field…keep it up…i can feel your passion!!!!
    Damilola Mofikoya

  • Ona Akinmade

    Lola, always good to read about you . . . Blessings, Ona Akinmade