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    Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning Nigerian photographer and

    travel writer based in Stockholm,

    Sweden .[1] She is the editor-in-chief for Slow Travel Stockholm.[2]

    [ non-primary source needed] Her works have been featured in the National Geographic Traveler, BBC , and CNN , among other publications. [3] She studied Geography Information System (GIS) at the University of Maryland. [4]

    [ non-primary source needed]

    Early life and education

    She started her early life in Lagos south west Nigeria, where she completed her early school life before relocating to the United States at the age of 15. [5] She received a master's degree in Information System from the University of Maryland. [6] At the age of 19, she gained admission to the University of Oxford in the England but failed to pursue it because of funding. In 2006, Åkerström relocated to Sweden with her husband.[5]

    Career

    Åkerström started her career as a field

    journalist at Eco-Challenge . [7] She worked for 12 years as a GIS developer before becoming a professional photographer. Between 2006 and 2007, she joined Matador Network and worked as an editor. [4] In October 2009 she resigned her appointment at the GIS world to pursue her passion. [4] In June 2011, Åkerström contested in a pre-selection program organised by

    Quark Expeditions to pick a writer that will be traveling to the North Pole for the project of documenting its

    ecosystem .[8] In 2012 she participated in the expedition race in Fiji, where she started the combination of her traveling, photography and writing skills. [9] In 2016, she went to Italy to attend the Unesco World Heritage Sites of Sabbioneta and Mantua for exploration. [1]

    Awards

    [10] [ non-primary source needed]

    Year Class Category Awar bo

    2017 First Place

    Category 7: History SATW

    2017 First Place

    Category 5: Sport or Adventure

    SATW

    2017 First Place

    Category 4: Food and Wine

    SATW

    2017 Second Place

    Category 1: Single Destination

    SATW

    2017 First Place

    Category 1: Single Destination

    SATW

    2016 Honorable Mention

    Best in Travel Writing Solas

    2015 Gold Category 127: 50+ Travel NATJ

    2015 Silver

    Category 125: Personality and Profiles

    NATJ

    2014 Bronze

    Category 140: Local Lifestyle

    NATJ

    2014 Bronze Best in Travel Writing Solas

    2013 Silver

    Category 193: Travel Tips & Advice

    NATJ

    2013 Silver

    Category 140: Local Lifestyle

    NATJ

    2013 Silver

    Category 172: Landscape, Seascape

    NATJ

    2013 Finalist

    Category 125: Personality and Profiles

    NATJ

    2013 Finalist

    Category 149: Culinary Travel

    NATJ

    2013 Gold Award

    Best in Travel Writing Solas

    2013

    Regional Award Winner: Africa

    The H Mom Proje

    2012 Bronze

    Category 173: Portrait, People

    NATJ

    2012 Silver

    Category 149: Culinary Travel

    NATJ

    2012 Finalist

    Category 132: Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel

    NATJ

    2012 Silver Category 176: Photo Essay NATJ

    2012 Silver Best in Travel Writing Solas

    2011 Gold

    Category 145: Personality and Profiles (Internet)

    NATJ

    2011 Gold

    Category 149: Culinary Travel (Internet)

    NATJ

    2011 Silver Best in Travel Writing Solas

    2011 Judges’ Vote

    Black Webl Awar

    2011

    Silver (Group Award)

    Lowell Thomas Award

    Socie Ameri Travel Writer (SAT

    2010 Silver

    Category 140: Local Lifestyle (Internet)

    NATJ

    2010 Bronze Award

    Category 120: Local Lifestyle (Print)

    NATJ

    2010

    Silver (Group Award)

    Lowell Thomas Award

    Socie Ameri Travel Writer (SAT

    2010 Gold Award

    Best in Travel Writing NATJ

    2009 Bronze Award

    Best in Travel Writing NATJ

    2008 Runner-Up Winner

    Narrative Travel Writing Contest

    NATJ

    References

    1. ^ a b Bastock, Louise (2016-05-06). "Meet a traveller: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, travel writer and photographer" . Lonely Planet . Retrieved 2018-09-26.

    2. ^ "Contributors" . Slow Travel Stockholm. Retrieved 2018-09-26.

    3. ^ "Stop! This is what lagom truly means" . 2017-06-30. Retrieved

    2018-09-26.

    4. ^ a b c Awomodu, Gbenga.

    "Proudly African, In Love With Scandinavia & Exploring the World: Time Out with Lola Akinmade, Award-Winning Travel Writer & Photographer" .

    BellaNaija. Retrieved 2018-09-26.

    5. ^ a b "Lola Akinmade Åkerström: The GeoTraveler Who Finally Found Her Niche" . Career . Retrieved 6 June 2016.

    6. ^ "Lola Akinmade Akerstrom" .

    The Advice Project . Retrieved 5 May 2016.

    7. ^ Nellie Huang. "travel writing corner interview lola akinmade" .

    wildjunk . Retrieved 5 May 2016.

    8. ^ staff. "Join Lola Akinmade to explore the North Pole" . Nigeria Abroad magazine . Retrieved 5 May 2016.

    9. ^ "interview Lola Akinmade Akestrom" . jetting around . Retrieved 5 May 2016.

    10. ^ North America Travel Journalist Association. "Award" . Retrieved

    6 June 2016.

    External links

    Official website

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