LOLA AKINMADE ÅKERSTRÖM is an award-winning author, speaker, and photographer. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Adventure Magazine, AFAR, Lonely Planet, Fodor's, National Geographic Channel, amongst others.
In addition to contributing to several books, she is the author of the following books – 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, Due North and bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well (Headline Home, 2017) available in 18 foreign language editions. She has been recognized with multiple awards for her work, including 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award, and she was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018.
Her photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection.
Lola is also the editor of Slow Travel Stockholm, an online magazine dedicated to exploring Sweden's capital city in depth. She is also a founder of the Nordic Travel Bloggers (NordicTB Collective) which brings together the top professional travel influencers and digital storytellers in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. She lives in Stockholm with her husband and two children.
Her first novel, Afroswede, follows three black women with different roots who are linked to the same influential white man in varying ways. Winner of the National Marketing Executive Award two years in a row, Kemi Adeyemi is lured from the US to Sweden by Von Lundin Marknadsföring AB, the country's largest marketing firm, to help fix their current PR nightmare. A killer at work, yet killed by romance, this move moonlights as Kemi's last ditch effort to jumpstart her love life. Meanwhile a chance meeting with CEO Jonny von Lundin in business class en route to the US propels flight attendant Brittany Johnson into an aquarium of privilege, class, and luxury as the object of his obsession. And for Somali refugee Muna Saheed who cleans Jonny von Lundin's toilets, all she wants is to rebuild semblances of family after losing everything.
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