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Nigerian Travel Writer & Photographer – Lola Akinmade is dreaming of adventure at the North Pole! Help Her Get There

Currently on the Number 5 spot by votes is Lola Akinmade, a Nigerian Travel Writer and Photographer, who lives in Sweden. She is soliciting for a lot more votes in order to stand a bright chance of winning the contest and going on a dream trip!



Quark Expeditions, a leading organisation in Polar Adventures, will be sending a writer to the North Pole in June 2011 to document and provide engaging reports about the trip in June 2011. The top five (5) contestants with the highest number of votes will make it to the finals, after which one writer will be chosen.

Currently on the Number 5 spot by votes is Lola Akinmade, a Nigerian Travel Writer and Photographer, who lives in Sweden.

On why she wants to be Quark’s Official Blogger to the North Pole, she says of her childhood dream,

“Nigerians are known for traveling far and wide. I’d be honored to continue this tradition… I remember sitting in Mr. Kayode’s geography class (my favorite) in secondary school, an atlas in my hand looking at political boundaries; countries way beyond my reach at that time. I constantly joked about it with family and friends. “I will reach the North Pole,” I often said, oblivious to the fact that I was sitting in tropical sub-Saharan Africa and had never seen snow at that time. I never, ever in my wildest dreams would have thought I’d be a few votes and judges away from realizing that dream. Never.”

Here’s an excerpt from her entry:

“As an experienced travel writer, blogger, and photographer, documenting our polar expedition and documenting it exceptionally through engaging reports and vivid photography will be an absolute honor and (quite possibly) a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and Quark Expeditions…

The wind will bellow in an eerie yet welcoming fashion. Frigid waves will trash against the ice breaker, intimidating yet slowly guiding us north… I will scribble “epiphanies” into a spanking new journal, filling its pages with dreams born along the west coast of the motherland and experiences leading up to this moment of grandeur. Oh…and I will blog, tweet, photograph, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Facebook like crazy too!…sharing this amazing expedition via both social and traditional media outlets with everyone who dares to dream beyond the status quo.

Finally landing on ice centuries old at the top of the world, I will scream at the top of my lungs… “I’m a loooong way from Africa!” I would sincerely appreciate your fair and honest vote to fulfill this “once unreachable” childhood dream.”

Let us assist Lola and help her win the dream trip to the North Pole. Your vote and support in promoting and spotlighting her entry would greatly boost her chances to make us proud and join the likes of Louise A. Boyd, James Clark Ross, John Rae, Alexander Mackenzie, and John Franklin, the great Arctic Explorers!

Visit her website here to get to know her better!


How to Vote:

We encourage fair and honest voting by reaching out to family, friends, colleagues, and others in various travel/culture/social media networks.

1. Connect with your existing Facebook account or create a simple Quark account here –

2. Click on Lola’s entry here and cast your vote at the end of the text – Please make sure that the number of votes is incremented by 1 (yours)

3. Pass this on via Twitter or Facebook:

“Please send Lola to the North Pole! – – @quarkexpedition @LolaAkinmade #Arctic #Travel”


  1. mariaah

    December 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Wow Goodluck to her!!

  2. Naija Didi

    December 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Pls let us all take time to do this, we have to b there for each other. one love.

  3. D.O.T.M.H.

    December 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm


  4. Lola

    December 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you so much for this post and your support, Bella Naija!!

    Every single vote counts and I’d really love to represent. Thank you!

  5. Temiloluwa Adebayo

    December 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    All the best to you Lola. I shall cast my vote…

  6. Lola

    December 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you so much Temiloluwa!
    Please spread the news.

  7. The Bola

    December 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    best of luck to Lola! count on my vote

  8. Timma

    December 8, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Wow! wish u all the best

  9. Lola

    December 8, 2010 at 7:07 am

    @The Bola & Timma

    Thanks for your votes! Please pass it on as every single vote counts.


  10. Teefah

    December 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

    All the best Lola, u have my vote…and ill be spreading the word. xx

  11. Peperempe

    December 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I’ve just voted, I’m passing it on. All the best Lola!

    Bella maybe you should move the post up on the main page. It’s not very prominent at the moment.

  12. Gbenga Awomodu

    December 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Lola’s got my vote already.

    Yesterday, she was on No.5, today she’s on No.3 and garnering more votes by the hour. BN peeps, we can do this. ‘Click’ your Vote and Pass the Message! YES WE CAN!!! 🙂

  13. Alfie

    December 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Have You Voted?????????

  14. Lola

    December 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    @Teefah – Thank you so much! Every vote counts

    @Peperempe – Thanks so much! PS: When I was younger, my parents used to sing “Alollibaby peperempe”… Thanks for the walk on memory lane 🙂

    @Gbenga – Sending huge hugs! Thanks so much.

    @Alfie – Thanks for your vote!

  15. Lade

    December 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Well done and good luck with the competition Lola.
    Even as a kid in secondary school I knew you would achive great things

  16. Lola

    December 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    @Lade – Thanks so much! Please pass it on 🙂

  17. jummie

    December 9, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Ride on baby we are behind you!!!! Our prayers are with you…….All the best.

  18. Cynthia A

    December 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Hey Lola,

    I created an account on that site and voted for you. I wish you all the best and goodluck!!

    @other BN readers
    Nigerians!!!! please kindly vote for the lady!!!! Support one another for crying out loud.

  19. Lola

    December 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

    @Jummie & Cynthia A

    Thank you so much for your support. I’m now in 3rd place and quickly climbing to #2. Please, every single vote counts. I’m continually grateful for all your support and kindness. This could be potentially history making for us Nigerians!

  20. Lola

    December 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

    PS: I’ve also created a simpler link – – that points to the entry as well!

  21. Gbemi

    December 9, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I just voted and tweeted and Facebooked this…. May your dream come true
    Best wishes

  22. Naijamum

    December 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Just voted
    Fingers crossed now 🙂

  23. Faridah

    December 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Vote for Lola!!!!!

  24. Lola

    December 10, 2010 at 1:10 am

    @Gbemi, Naijamum, Faridah

    Thanks! Please pass it on ->

  25. Tope

    December 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Vote people!!! And most importantly, get your friends to vote!!!!

  26. Tito

    December 10, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    just voted for her!All the best

  27. Lola

    January 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you all for your continued support! Every vote counts.

  28. Siem reap

    February 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I have travelled to many places in my life and really feel that the benefits have been huge, both to me and the many people I have met on the way. My favourite countries have always been and will always be the eastern countries.

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  30. Lola

    February 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I wanted to take a moment to thank BellaNaija and everyone who voted for their tremendous support. We missed the top 5 by only 3 votes!

    Here’s my Thank You letter –



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