Lola Akinmade Åkerstöm

992 Flips | 16 Magazines | 38 Likes | 3 Following | 45 Followers | @LolaAkinmade | Stockholm-based writer and photographer. Represented by National Geographic Creative @NatGeoCreative. Editor of @SlowStockholm. Co-Founder of @NordicTB. Find my blog here: https://www.lolaakinmade.com/

Post-Production: A closer look at vignetting

Most photographers have a love-hate relationship with vignetting.

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Portraits of Nigeria

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A Guide to Swedish Interior Design (That Isn’t IKEA)

Before I moved to Sweden a few years ago, my knowledge of Swedish interior design and décor was limited to the big “I.” As in, IKEA, which is …

The Northern Lights Have Never Been Better

The closer we move to Earth's magnetic poles, solar particles from the sun's flares (explosions) collide with gases in the Earth's atmosphere and create red, purple, and green curtain-like lights which dance across the sky called "Aurora Borealis", or more commonly, Northern Lights in the Northern …

Politicians Should Make America Better for Parents by Thinking Swedish

As they say here in Sweden, there's no bad weather, only bad clothing.<p>I learned the phrase early on in the dark throes of my first Scandinavian winter. I moved from Maryland to Stockholm, Sweden, six years ago, unprepared for the two-to-four hours of daylight, plus constantly chilly temperatures …

Trespassing

Explore Culinary Traditions in Gothenburg

Where to Stay<p>Sleep within a historic post office at the now-chic <b>Clarion Hotel Post</b> (from $165). Built in imposing neoclassical style in 1925, the …

Three Reasons to Visit Swedish Lapland

If you’ve got “See the northern lights” on your bucket list, you may want to start planning a trip to Swedish Lapland later this year because your chances of catching the aurora borealis are pretty high. NASA is predicting that the strongest solar explosions of the last decade (called “solar …

Traditional dress extends to Sami reindeer, as...

Traditional dress extends to Sami reindeer, as Sami herders prepare for a winter fair in Sweden. Visit Travel 365 to see more travel photos</i> …

Summary - My view of South Africa in photos and stories - Geotraveler's Niche

Shares 40<p>Trying to sum up my experience in South Africa with National Geographic Channel feels impossible. Plain and simple. The impressions, the …

Spicy! These culinary treasures will make you sweat - Travel - Destination Travel | NBC News

There are spicy foods that have you quickly reaching for a glass of water after a couple mouthfuls, and then there is a whole other level of fiery foods whose ingredients are about a hundred times hotter than the Jalapeño pepper, leaving your mouth scorching for hours after just a bite or two. But …

The weirdest incidents of animal smuggling - Travel - News | NBC News

If getting a six-ounce perfume bottle through airport security seems impossible, imagine trying to bypass scanners with 18 monkeys strapped to your waist. In July 2010, one smuggler did just that, flying from Lima, Peru, to Mexico City, only to get busted after acting nervous during a random check, …

America's best Christmas markets

The aroma of mulled wine, gingersnaps, and roasting chestnuts draws shoppers to Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremburg, Germany. But you don’t have to hop the pond to savor that kind of Christmas market — you’ll find similar treats in Chicago and across the U.S.<p>Outdoor markets have become an annual …

With a quick trip to IKEA, you can serve up a Swedish smorgasbord at home

With Michelin-starred restaurants and world-known Scandinavian chefs like Marcus Samuelsson leading the wave on Nordic cuisine, it has never felt trendier to eat a Swedish meatball. And yes, Sweden’s food culture is much more diverse and varied beyond its iconic meatballs and chewy fish-shaped …

Nations Less Traveled: Volunteer Opportunities in Africa

Community Health Information Education Forum (C.H.I.E.F) in Nigeria. Photo by Lola Akinmade<p><b>While countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South</b> …

Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

Feature photo by Nikola Plejic / Above, photo of Femi Kuti and dancers by flykr<p><b>Growing up in Nigeria</b>, I remember how parents deemed the Afrika Shrine …

5 Items to Set Off Your Obsession with Digital Photography

I remember the first word I uttered when I picked up a Nikon digital SLR camera, looked through its viewfinder, and clicked…<p>I believe it was – …

My hometown in 500 words: Lagos, Nigeria

Feature photo and photo above by Lola Akinmade.<p>JOLTING OUT OF BED AT THE SOUND OF MY NAME, I begrudgingly rush over to my parents’ room for daily …

World’s most unique lodging: A look inside the Jumbo Hostel

THERE HAS BEEN no shortage of press surrounding the Boeing 747 jetliner that was converted to a hostel just outside of Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. …

Anatomy of a smörgåsbord

You’ve probably heard the word thrown around to represent a large mix of various elements – <i>a smörgåsbord of features, a smörgåsbord of activities</i>, …

Anatomy of a rugby match

IF YOU HAPPEN TO FIND yourself in Auckland, New Zealand this week, you’ll no doubt feel the “rugby fever” spreading throughout the city. The Tri …

In search of the Swedish companion – Tunnbröd‏

Emma Lundmark shows off some tunnbröd dough.<p>1. Located in the village of Klöverträsk, The Lundmarks run their small one room bakery right next to …

Basketball antics

BEING MARRIED TO a sports journalist means I’m obligated to watch my fair share of games – all manner of sports, leagues, and competitions. So on a …

How to speak Nigerian Pidgin English

I’LL ADMIT. Whenever a foreigner spews a few words of Yòrubá to me, regardless of delivery quality, I instantly warm up, throwing them a cheesy grin …

When night falls in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary<p>The iconic Parliament Building located along the Danube River is one of Budapest's most recognizable landmarks.<p>A lady waits on a …

Breaking Down The Staredown

Photos: author<p><b>As an avid traveler I often get asked how I deal with, you know, stares, when I travel in regions where not a lot of black people</b> …

Meet a 72-year-old triathlete: Alpha Bennett

All photos by author.<p>ON A RECENT BIKING trip through Egypt traveling with Egypt Bike and Sail, I was introduced to athlete Alpha Bennett by Ann …

Egypt by sea and sand

I recently discovered a new way of exploring the country through Egypt Bike and Sail. Much more than a leisurely cruise down the Nile or a camel ride …

Taste of Stockholm

Stockholm really isn’t considered a culinary capital. After all, it’s been tough shaking off its fish-eating image, but ever since celebrity chef …

Exploring Western Ireland

Galway, Connemara, County Mayo<p>A busker strums classic Celtic tunes on his guitar along Galway's pedestrian drag - Quay Street.<br>All photos by Lola …

Revamping classic Irish tea at Dublin’s Merrion Hotel

Photos by author.<p>I’D JUST STUFFED my mouth with another freshly baked currant scone loaded with clotted cream, tart yellow lemon curd, and seedy …