Crush Keynote Speaker: Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström

crush event Jan 29, 2024
Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Introducing Crush Keynote Speaker

We are so excited to announce Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström  as the keynote speaker at Crush 2024.

International bestselling author, keynote speaker, and award-winning travel photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström has photographed and dispatched from 80+ countries for various publications.

Her work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Magazine, AFAR, Lonely Planet, and many more. She has collaborated with high profile commercial brands from Mercedes-Benz and Dove to Intrepid Travel and National Geographic Channel.

Lola is a Hasselblad Heroine and has been recognized with multiple prestigious awards and nominations for her work. She was named one of 2023’s Most Influential Women in Travel by Travel Pulse.

She was honored with a 2021 Newsweek Future of Travel Award for Storytelling and MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018.

In January 2024 her novel, Everything is Not Enough, earned a nomination in the Outstanding Literary Work at the NAACP Awards.

Lola’s books:
DUE NORTH - 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book
LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well - International bestseller available in 18 foreign editions
Wellbeing in Costa Brava - In collaboration with Costa Brava Tourism
In Every Mirror She’s Black - Crowned the 2021 “Best Thought-provoking Story” by The Independent UK. 4 foreign editions.
Everything Is Not Enough - “A Best Book of October 2023“ - The Sunday Times. 4 foreign editions

Her literary work is represented by Jessica Craig of Craig Literary. Film/TV Rights represented by United Talent Agency (UTA).


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