Through the Lens - Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Remember that vignette I was filming in collaboration with National Geographic Channel and South African Tourism? Well, the official press release has been issued and now I can share with you all that it’s now live – both on TV and online at Through The Lens. A few people have already seen it air on Nat Geo TV but both the hubby and I are still on the lookout here in Sweden.

At the time I went to South Africa, my daughter had just turned seven months old and being away from her halfway across the world, especially at that age, was definitely emotional. But I hope she’ll be proud of me once she’s old enough to understand and care.

Needless to say, I’m ecstatic and honored so please excuse the self indulgent photo montage above. Check out the one-minute vignette below. You can also view it directly on the official Through the Lens website alongside fellow photographers Heather Perry, Stephen Alvarez, and other legendary Nat Geo photographers.

  • @Ekua – Thanks so much! It feels weird seeing myself on TV that way 🙂

    @Chelle – Awww…thanks! 😀 Can’t wait to meet you in person!

    @Leigh – Thanks! Most people are surprised when they meet me and hear my accent. Many tend to assume I’ve got an American accent because I lived there for 16+ years. My true accent is a mishmash of Nigerian, American, and some Swedish intonations.

  • Very exciting, Lola. I loved hearing your voice. Until now, I’ve only seen photos and read your writing. Congratulations!

  • OMG Lola! I am so excited for you and uber-proud to know you. 🙂 Keep doing great things! #inspired

  • Love this… Geotraveler’s Niche in real life! Great job and thanks for sharing this slice of South African culture.

  • @Karen – Thank you so much! We shall meet soon!

    @JoAnna – Thanks! The excitement still hasn’t worn off.

    @Shannon – Thanks! It’s just a one-minute mini-documentary that airs on the channel. Not a full show or series.

    @Aunty Dieko – AMEN!

    @Tope – Teach me Azonto too o!

    @Bimbo – I hope so 🙂 Thanks!

    @Monica-USA – Thanks!

    @Felicia – Thank you so much lady! We seriously need to catch up over Skype.

    @Rebecca – Great meeting you and thanks!

    @Oneika – Thanks! 🙂

    @Perlina – Haha! Would love to meet you as well and see those cheeks 😀

    @Mommy – Thank you for your love and steadfast support!

  • A glimpse of Zulu culture, Lola , National Geographic and you are bringing the world and culture to us on platter of ICT. Good job, many more of such.

  • perlina

    oh Lola, It’s all so beautiful. And even if i don’t know you, i am very proud of you. Grattis, grattis. You are amazing and your pics are amazing. Full of colors and joy. And i have to add i like your cheeks they look like mine ;D

  • This is amazing my dear!!!

  • Well-done Lola. Proud proud proud of ya…. extension Tope

  • I am so proud of you. You’re an amazing photographer and so very warm in your portrayal of a beautiful land and its people.

  • Monica-USA

    Wow! Congratulations Lola this is exciting news for you.

  • Bimbo Makinwa Tanimowo

    I am so proud of you Lola. Congratulations!!!! Your daughter will definitely understand cos she’ll be proud to have such a talented mum

  • tope

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of u sis! *dancing azonto*

  • Diekolola Akinmade Vanderpuye

    Aralola, I am so proud of all your accomplishments. Good job and may your light keep on shnning.

  • Shannon

    Lola, this is so amazing!! Good for you. I can’t wait to check it all out and see more

  • This is so exciting!! Congratulations, Lola!

  • We’ve never even met, and I’m SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU, LOLA. Well done!