About Lola


Born in Nigeria. Educated in the United States. Based in Sweden.

My photography and travel writing are often characterized by vibrancy and hope. I graduated with a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a minor in Geography.

I specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and my affinity for the geosciences and maps meant I was born to travel.

I was named one of eight 2022 Hasselblad Heroines. Read more here.

I was the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient.

My work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Forbes, Fodor’s, AFAR, National Geographic Channel,  Adventure Magazine, several in-flight magazines, New York Times, amongst others.

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

Photo credit: Ben Mcnamara

In addition to contributing to several travel books, I am the author of the following books – 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, DUE NORTH, & bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well available in 18 language editions.

My photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and Wonderful Machine.

I have been recognized with multiple awards and nominations for my work, including a Pushcart Prize nomination and was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018.

Here’s a link to my photography portfolio below.

Cool project spotlight -> I was in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in a vignette called “Through The Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe.

As a business owner and entrepreneur, I run Stockholm-based travel consultancy, Geotraveler Media, co-founded the travel influencer marketing collective, NordicTB, and co-founded Local Purse, which supports travel guides and local artisans through live video shopping. 

As a mentor, I run my own online academy, Geotraveler Media Academy, which is dedicated to visual storytelling and helping the next generation of travel storytellers put the heart back into the craft.

Did you know? -> I am also the cartoonist behind Office Supplies – The Comic © (currently on hiatus) and a former oil painter.

I am based in Stockholm, Sweden and available for assignments around the world.

View my official portfolio and learn how to work with me including requesting my media kit.