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Draped in Reverence
Focusing on ceremonial attire from Nepal to Nigeria, Lola Akinmade Åkerström uncovers the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation.
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About the Journalist
Award-winning writer, best-selling author, and photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström has dispatched from 70-plus countries. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, New York Times, Travel Channel, Adventure.com Magazine, AFAR, Lonely Planet, and Fodor’s, among other publications. She has collaborated with high-profile commercial brands ranging from Mercedes-Benz and Dove to Intrepid Travel and the National Geographic Channel.
Lola is a founder of NordicTB, which provides digital marketing, content creation, and social media collaboration with travel brands and destinations. She also runs Geotraveler Media — a multimedia and travel consulting agency providing a spectrum of visual storytelling and travel media-related services.
She has spoken at dozens of conferences and trade shows around the world. She is the recipient of the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and Wonderful Machine.
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