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Muse Alert:Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

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Don’t ever listen to those people that say Google+ is not up to par just because it’s isolated. 

A few weeks ago, I added this amazing woman to my circles by accident. Prior to now, I’ve never really heard about her but now that I think of it, her name was brought up during one of my photography classes last year as one that shoots with solely natural light. Can’t quite remember now. Anyways, I googled her and was amazed by what I saw. 

Writer
Photographer 
Globetrotter 

My kind of person. We should be friends. 

In less than 24 months I’d be graduating and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what career path I would take especially since I might not be fully making use of my degree . After weighing several options, it looks like I might be taking after Lola in that order hopefully. 

I had a conversation with a friend of mine sometimes back and he asked me what I wanted. 
My exact words were;

”I feel I’m not cut out for the corporate world. I need to go where my creativity will be unleashed both via my photos and writings” 

And then he replied;

” No you’re not. You’re an artist of nature” 

That was exactly what I needed to hear. Now you can understand my frenzy when I discovered Lola. Plus she’s huge and has successful carved a niche for herself which is not bad if you ask me.

She’s based in Stockholm, Sweden and has appeared in major travel publications around the world. I particularly love the fact that she’s majoring in Freelance (travel) writing and photography, a feat that seemed fuzzy to me initially. During her travels, I also noticed she didn’t dwell so much on the mainstream popular cities. Paris, Milan, New York et al. I’m sure there’re enough photos to last a lifetime. Instead she photographs countries like Cambodia, Fiji Islands, Bermunda, Portugal e.t.c. even though her job description also matters. It sort of determines the places she shoots.   

Anyways it just feels good to have someone in your field you can actually look up to. Did I mention she’s also a Christian,married to a Swede with a daughter? A total package in my opinion. She has being able to manage both her professional and personal life plus she also finds time to visit Lagos, Nigeria twice a year. AWESOMENESS!!! 

My biggest fear is that I wouldn’t be taken serious. Some people might not understand that it goes beyond hopping from one country to another and flying across oceans and seas. It’s more about fulfillment really. Finding that one thing that makes you puts a smile of satisfaction on your face and building and managing a family in the process. But you know what?

Who gives a hoot? Lol.

You can view her portfolio here and blog here.

 

Love,travels and writings

EB.

 

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