Blog Your Way to the North Pole

Lolaquark_002
2521 votes

Homecoming: A Childhood Dream

Lola Akinmade December 01, 2010 | 06:11 PM

I remember sitting in Mr. Kayode’s geography class in secondary school, an atlas in hand looking at political boundaries; countries beyond my sphere. “I will reach the North Pole,” I often said to friends and family, oblivious to the fact that I was sitting in tropical sub-Saharan Africa and had never seen snow at that time.

Reaching the Arctic Circle seemed a precursor; this imaginary line I’d only traced fingers across on a map so last summer, I took a road trip along Sweden’s eastern coast towards the circle with my parents. Marshmallow-white clouds sat against soft blue sky. Beneath them, yellowish-green pine trees and spruce dotted rolling pastures. As we pressed on, I glanced over my left shoulder at the back seat.

Those green fields were now rolling over Mom’s black sunshades as she rested. Thin white wires ran from her ears down to the iPod hidden under her black scarf. She was listening to her own African soundtrack personalized for the undulating Swedish countryside; a mix of strong drum beats with synthesized voices singing in Pidgin English as we passed ox-blood Falu red cottage after cottage strewn across the landscape.

Next to her was Dad. In one hand, a red hardcover atlas which he occasionally flipped through with such familiarity befitting a geologist. My wanderlust clearly fashioned after his, I’d done the same for years.

We finally arrived at the “sign”. Getting out of the station wagon, Mom casually tossed her black scarf over her shoulders, sunglasses resting on her nose.

“Where is it?” she asked.

“This is it,” I responded.

“The Arctic Circle?” She wasn’t sure.

“Yes!”

“But where is the thing?” She prodded.

“There is no ‘thing’. It’s an imaginary line.” I tried to explain.

“Hmm…Ok then, let’s get back in quickly before a moose gets us…” and with that, she started towards the car. Dad and I exchanged a knowing glance before reaching for his worn camera…

Exploring beyond boundaries underlies my work as a professional writer, blogger, and photographer who transparently shares places through words, photography, and multimedia. I imagine their pride the day I finally land on centuries-old ice at the top of the world, screaming at the top of my lungs… ‘I’m a loooong way from Africa!’

Proud the only boundaries in life they had taught their daughter were imaginary ones she was willing to draw for herself.

751 Comments

Report Abuse Johanna Reimers February 15, 2011 | 05:00 PM

Heja Lola! Hoppas du vinner! /Från Urbans arbetskamrat Johanna

Report Abuse Natalie Greaves February 15, 2011 | 04:54 PM

Good luck! Go Lola!

Report Abuse Segun Demuren February 15, 2011 | 04:53 PM

Wish you the best.... :)

Report Abuse Andréa McDonald February 15, 2011 | 04:44 PM

Good Luck!!

Report Abuse Doug Lofland February 15, 2011 | 04:40 PM

I've voted for you every time you asked.....hope it works!

Report Abuse Tim Hill February 15, 2011 | 04:36 PM

Go Lola!

Report Abuse Debra Corbeil February 15, 2011 | 04:18 PM

Good luck! Voted and rooting for you. Wow! You're doing great!

Report Abuse Anders S February 15, 2011 | 04:12 PM

Lycka till, kör hårt!

Report Abuse Diane Ikpeze February 15, 2011 | 04:06 PM

Just Voted. All the best.

Report Abuse Joy Kachim February 15, 2011 | 04:04 PM

:)

Report Abuse Miguel Simões February 15, 2011 | 03:58 PM

ok

Report Abuse Margaret Sharrow February 15, 2011 | 03:55 PM

I don't want to see your proposal drop out of the top 5... and hope you stay there, and win. Of course I would have loved to have gone myself, and more importantly, to have my art go - if you have space in your bag for a few small squares of silk with photographs of people who have brought peace and ULTIMATE STILLNESS to the world, let me know! (They'd have to come back with you, as the last thing I'd want to do is to pollute one of the world's pristine places!)
Margaret Sharrow http://www.blogyourwaytothenorthpole.com/entries/166
http://margaretsharrow.blogspot.com

Report Abuse Alexis Oluponmile February 15, 2011 | 03:39 PM

Nice one Lola! Sorry for my late vote :)

Report Abuse Miguel Vidigueira February 15, 2011 | 03:20 PM

boa sorte

Report Abuse C I Nwanze February 15, 2011 | 03:18 PM

You got my vote!

Report Abuse Maria Ribeiro February 15, 2011 | 03:10 PM

Boa sorte Lola, :)

Report Abuse Mario Correia February 15, 2011 | 03:10 PM

ok

Report Abuse Sarah Sakaan February 15, 2011 | 03:06 PM

Ano vote for you!

Report Abuse Alex Correia February 15, 2011 | 03:00 PM

boa sorte

Report Abuse Wendy Perrin February 15, 2011 | 02:59 PM

Good luck, Lola!

Report Abuse Kristy Harris February 15, 2011 | 02:59 PM

Just Voted Best of Luck!

Report Abuse Gregoria Correia February 15, 2011 | 02:58 PM

ok boa sorte!

Report Abuse Edgar Orellana February 15, 2011 | 02:13 PM

Good Trip. American Image News Service

Report Abuse gsu tiger2 February 15, 2011 | 01:38 PM

Rooting for you!!

Report Abuse calyx mezie February 15, 2011 | 01:11 PM

all the best

Report Abuse Akan Nweke February 15, 2011 | 12:51 PM

All the best, Lola... Well done!

Report Abuse festus ebeh February 15, 2011 | 11:25 AM

your victory is not negotiable.keep on with d larger margin.carry go dearie

Report Abuse Mayen Moyo February 15, 2011 | 11:21 AM

Got my vote. Best luck.

Report Abuse Adam Karkosz February 15, 2011 | 10:48 AM

I wish you fascinating journey!

Report Abuse chosen Nnaemeka February 15, 2011 | 09:55 AM

I just voted for Lola

Report Abuse Bright Omokaro February 15, 2011 | 09:50 AM

hope you have the prize and have a nice trip

Report Abuse Titilope Omidiran February 15, 2011 | 09:41 AM

We wish u the very best dear...nice nice story

Report Abuse Hammed Lasisi February 15, 2011 | 08:23 AM

By the special grace of Almighty God, you will definitely make it to the North Pole. S02

Report Abuse Rekia Afegbua February 15, 2011 | 05:42 AM

Goodluck!

Report Abuse Randy Kalp February 15, 2011 | 04:44 AM

Voted! Good luck, Lola!

Report Abuse Richard Lynn February 15, 2011 | 04:21 AM

You have my vote good luck

Report Abuse kevin douglas February 15, 2011 | 04:06 AM

...ALL THE BEST!

Report Abuse Leshell H February 15, 2011 | 02:53 AM

Much Success! You have my vote! :)

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade February 15, 2011 | 02:32 AM

@Susan Monroe - Thank you so much for your support. I'm extremely humbled and moved by your kind words. Wishing you the very best!

Report Abuse Susan Munroe February 15, 2011 | 02:06 AM

I found out about this contest too late to really stand a chance. I've earned 213 votes in less than two weeks, though, which makes me feel honored that so many people took the time to read my entry and send their support. Somehow, though, I don't think another 1800 votes are going to appear overnight :) So, I'm casting one of my five votes for you, because I think yours is the best story out of the top five. I hope you make it! (from susan, http://www.blogyourwaytothenorthpole.com/entries/278)

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade February 15, 2011 | 01:47 AM

Less than 24 hours till the competition closes!

Tack så mycket/Thank you all for your continued support since the very start (Dec 1st). This process (especially your support and encouragement) has been nothing short of humbling and I am deeply grateful.

Please continue to get others to vote too (family/friends/colleagues/other social networks). Every single vote counts.

[ Please remember ]

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Jes Trejo February 15, 2011 | 12:51 AM

You got my vote :] Good luck!

Report Abuse sammy anderson February 15, 2011 | 12:39 AM

just voted for you goood luck

Report Abuse Steve Alley February 14, 2011 | 11:33 PM

Hello from Minnesota USA.. Just voted for ya., and best of luck!

Report Abuse Magnus Nyström February 14, 2011 | 11:33 PM

Heja, heja...

Report Abuse Maria Santos February 14, 2011 | 09:42 PM

Voted for you, and thanks for the vote!

Report Abuse Ruth Yusuf February 14, 2011 | 09:38 PM

good luck

Report Abuse Octávio Bento February 14, 2011 | 08:51 PM

From Portugal ... Congratulations Lola

Report Abuse Ginny Gunn February 14, 2011 | 05:38 PM

I just voted Lola!!! Good luck!!! #2237

Report Abuse magnus norgren February 14, 2011 | 05:31 PM

Lycka till! Själv tycker jag det är kallt så det räcker i Stockholm.

Report Abuse Marianne Broddesson February 14, 2011 | 02:44 PM

Heja Lola!

Report Abuse Jan-Erik Berggren February 14, 2011 | 09:02 AM

Lycka till och glöm inte skidorna!

Report Abuse Andreas Nilsson February 14, 2011 | 08:47 AM

Kom igen nu, ända in i kaklet!

Report Abuse Irina Norgren February 14, 2011 | 07:58 AM

Lycka till!

Report Abuse Martin Eriksson February 14, 2011 | 04:27 AM

Håller tummarna! /martin

Report Abuse Mattias Eriksson February 14, 2011 | 02:02 AM

Mot Nordpolen! /Mattias

Report Abuse Robert Börjesson February 14, 2011 | 01:38 AM

Heja Lola!/Robert

Report Abuse Henrik Ek February 13, 2011 | 10:56 PM

Det här vinner du lätt! Lycka till på Nordpolen!

Report Abuse Aly Amaut February 13, 2011 | 10:48 PM

Good job LOla you will make it for sure Pachamama and the Apus are with you¡¡¡¡

Report Abuse Vijaya Selvaraju February 13, 2011 | 08:11 PM

My vote is for Lola!

Report Abuse Christina Umm Leyla Lindström February 13, 2011 | 07:55 PM

Lycka till!
Christina

Report Abuse Laura Cook February 13, 2011 | 06:06 PM

Voted - hope you get it, what an awesome opportunity!

Report Abuse Obianuju Diru February 13, 2011 | 04:35 PM

Lola girl! You know you have my vote anytime! Reach for it.

Report Abuse modupe martins February 13, 2011 | 01:55 PM

No baby excuse to St peters fellow member. All the best lola

Report Abuse Wendy Burgess February 13, 2011 | 12:10 AM

My vote is cast. I hope you win! Well-deserved, Lola.

Report Abuse Titi Okesanya February 12, 2011 | 10:41 PM

Nice write up.The write up makes you feel you are at the scene. voted.

cheers

Report Abuse Henrik Sjöberg February 12, 2011 | 06:57 PM

Kom igen nu! Jag hejar på dig!:)

Report Abuse Carl Juborg February 12, 2011 | 05:25 PM

Stort lycka till! /Carl

Report Abuse Ulf Fahlén February 12, 2011 | 05:25 PM

Hoppas det är nordpolen nästa för din del! Lycka till!

Report Abuse Tiffany Karabaich February 12, 2011 | 01:39 PM

We bloggers have to support each other for amazing trips like this! Good Luck!

Report Abuse Leke Obadimu February 11, 2011 | 06:28 PM

you have my vote already

Report Abuse K L February 11, 2011 | 03:22 PM

Your essay placed a big smile in all of us at the UNHCR office, we're voting for you gorgeous!

Report Abuse Clifton J Carr February 11, 2011 | 04:56 AM

Good Luck, now go and do some COLD Reporting.

Report Abuse Suki Lim February 11, 2011 | 03:02 AM

Voted good luck girl!!!

Report Abuse Olatunji Ade February 10, 2011 | 10:40 PM

Go Girl !

Report Abuse john middlehurst February 10, 2011 | 06:53 PM

voted good luck!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade February 10, 2011 | 06:47 PM

Just 5 Days until Feb 15th!

Thank you all for your continued support and I sincerely need you all now more than ever.

Please continue to get others to vote too (family/friends/colleagues/other social networks)

[ Please remember ]

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Regina Smith February 10, 2011 | 04:37 PM

Congrats on this exciting opportunity, Lola! Please keep the Montgomery College Alumni Association team posted. We're rooting for you!

Report Abuse Victor Enaholo February 10, 2011 | 01:49 PM

Looking forward to seeing snapshots of Lola in the North pole.Just voted for you

Report Abuse ghhg cvvgjv February 10, 2011 | 01:31 PM

Way to go...girl

Report Abuse Nnamdi Chinasa Opara February 10, 2011 | 11:29 AM

i voted for you Lola... best of luck to you.

Report Abuse Nnamdi Chinasa Opara February 10, 2011 | 11:26 AM

i voted for you Lola... best of luck to you.

Report Abuse louis ubebe February 10, 2011 | 10:37 AM

Lola, you are just an inspiration. I wish you the best in your quest! Voted.

Report Abuse Andy Collins February 10, 2011 | 09:58 AM

Good luck Lola! You have Urbanlife's vote.

Report Abuse Ayodeji Déjàvü February 10, 2011 | 09:25 AM

"Marshmallow-white clouds sat against soft blue sky. Beneath them, yellowish-green pine trees and spruce dotted rolling pastures".
That is so poetic, you are the best..

Report Abuse Niyi Bankz February 10, 2011 | 08:38 AM

Voted. 2084. Go!

Report Abuse Ahmed Olaniyi February 10, 2011 | 01:31 AM

All the best sis

Report Abuse shoneils Afolabi February 09, 2011 | 10:32 PM

Done! Good luck Lola

Report Abuse Felix Ikwuemesibe February 09, 2011 | 08:05 PM

Good luck,,just get me a chunk of ICE..

Report Abuse Akiode Oluwatosin February 09, 2011 | 06:49 PM

A great write up full of Vision! All the best in your quest! Cheers.

Report Abuse chinonso okenwa February 09, 2011 | 06:29 PM

when is the voting ebding?

Report Abuse chinonso okenwa February 09, 2011 | 06:29 PM

just voted, hope you make it!

Report Abuse Melissa Jordan February 09, 2011 | 06:20 PM

Voted! Good luck :)

Report Abuse Tope Fajingbesi February 09, 2011 | 06:17 PM

I just voted, hope you make it!

Report Abuse Kennisblegad Olaotan February 09, 2011 | 05:52 PM

Awesome beautiful post. Voted for you Lola. You will make it there.

Report Abuse Barbara Funa-Karoliussen February 09, 2011 | 05:00 PM

Lykke til Lola!

Report Abuse SAHEED QUADRI February 09, 2011 | 04:49 PM

the lord is your strenght

Report Abuse Angela Nkama February 09, 2011 | 12:23 PM

make it happen...Dear
the Lord is your strength!

Report Abuse aju atta February 09, 2011 | 08:49 AM

voted. best of lucks lola

Report Abuse Niyi Popoola February 09, 2011 | 07:49 AM

Vote Cast! Hope you win thi gurlie.

Report Abuse Joyce Fynch February 09, 2011 | 07:21 AM

voted!! wishing you the very best!

Report Abuse Allison Randolph February 09, 2011 | 01:38 AM

Voted!! I hope you have a fantastic time!!! Please vote for my pic!!
http://www.brickfish.com/Pages/PhotosAlbums/PhotoView.aspx?qsi=55098256

Report Abuse Biri Ekhaguere February 09, 2011 | 12:35 AM

good luck

Report Abuse Mattie Winrow February 09, 2011 | 12:34 AM

Voted. I hope this happens for you! best of luck Lola

Report Abuse Chibuzor Achike February 08, 2011 | 10:18 PM

Wishing U Best Of Luck.

Report Abuse Adetayo Martins February 08, 2011 | 10:13 PM

Go on girl....all the best!!!

Report Abuse Adedayo Salawu February 08, 2011 | 10:04 PM

Lola, North pole..here we come..

Report Abuse Adebola Adelaja February 08, 2011 | 09:02 PM

Don't worry Lola, we'll help you get there!

Report Abuse Gana Peter February 08, 2011 | 07:56 PM

Lola, i'm your 2000th vote... peetah

Report Abuse Uyi Iredia February 08, 2011 | 07:24 PM

I voted >>> gats give my support

Report Abuse Noblefather Gabriel February 08, 2011 | 07:23 PM

we all hav dreams and aspirations n wen we do archieve dem,there's notin dat canbe compared 2d Joy n Satisfaction its brings. I wish dat ur dreams do come true. All D Best!

Report Abuse Folorunso Temidayo February 08, 2011 | 07:04 PM

voted

Report Abuse David Braimoh February 08, 2011 | 06:35 PM

Got ur back ol d way...lola...wish u d very best!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade February 08, 2011 | 06:20 PM

Friends all over the world, my dear family, loyal colleagues, fellow Nigerians, Americans, and Swedes, everyone who has been voting and spreading the word, I am so grateful for you!

Every single one of your votes counts!

7 days left till the end of this heated competition (Feb 15) and I need you all now more than ever. Please continue to spread the word and get your own families/friends/colleagues/social networks to vote for this childhood dream.

[ Please remember ]

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Olusegun Asabi February 08, 2011 | 05:30 PM

best of luck to you

Report Abuse Mosein Ade February 08, 2011 | 05:09 PM

i voted also

Report Abuse Biyi Simoyan February 08, 2011 | 04:34 PM

Good luck Lola,
Just voted for you!

Report Abuse Ali Adam February 08, 2011 | 04:08 PM

I hope you make for the sake of our country

Report Abuse orlawoome ahdeydahyour February 08, 2011 | 03:33 PM

all the best

Report Abuse Franklin Adama Magnate February 08, 2011 | 03:13 PM

i really hope u make it...just voted for you....you should have tried to contact the admin in nairaland long time ago......but all the same..all the best

Report Abuse Abadom Rapheal February 08, 2011 | 02:56 PM

Hope you make it

Report Abuse Chiekwu Uzoagbala February 08, 2011 | 02:50 PM

just voted wish u Gods Favour

Report Abuse adedotun ayo February 08, 2011 | 02:49 PM

Lola, i know you will be on top soon.

Report Abuse Adewale Oluwole February 08, 2011 | 02:40 PM

You can do it.........

Report Abuse Rachel Griffith February 08, 2011 | 01:51 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Kendra Mason February 08, 2011 | 01:37 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse olusegun Olatunde February 08, 2011 | 01:23 PM

Just voted. Am sure you gonna make it. Go for it girl.

Report Abuse olukunle oladapo February 08, 2011 | 12:22 PM

good luck.

Report Abuse Augustine Obi February 08, 2011 | 12:03 PM

Go my sister cos Naija no the carry last. Goodluck J

Report Abuse Oni Phemmy February 08, 2011 | 11:46 AM

I hope this vote of mine help, go all the way girl

Report Abuse ogun toyosi February 08, 2011 | 11:40 AM

i wish u the very best...go for it girl

Report Abuse Michael Etim February 08, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Go on mama, the sky is your limit. wishing you success in your endeavour

Report Abuse Adeyomola Oluwaseyi Adebayo February 08, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Hope my vote gets you to the freezer! :)

Report Abuse Niyi Falade February 08, 2011 | 10:51 AM

I don votee oooooooooooo - all the best - abeg dress warmm 0000000

Report Abuse James Orji February 08, 2011 | 09:46 AM

Good luck Lola.

Report Abuse Ronald Cowie February 08, 2011 | 05:09 AM

Ronald Cowie 02/07/2011 12:03 AM
Good luck,Email me photos.

Report Abuse Markos Abraham February 08, 2011 | 04:34 AM

All the very best from all of us here at Track24 Solo. We hope you win it. www.track24solo.com

Report Abuse antoinette poindexter February 08, 2011 | 12:07 AM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Hieu Truong February 07, 2011 | 08:25 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Kelly Loe February 07, 2011 | 01:30 AM

Great! I hope you make it!!

Report Abuse Ulrika Nuldén February 06, 2011 | 04:11 PM

Det var trevligt att träffa dig i Harads, lycka till!

Report Abuse Tony Brooker February 06, 2011 | 08:56 AM

Good Luck!,Hope you win Lola

Report Abuse John Wheatley February 05, 2011 | 09:37 PM

Good Luck Lola. Another IFPO'er for U!

Report Abuse Angela Shaw February 05, 2011 | 07:05 PM

Good luck. Can't wait to see all the photos in your memoir of this chilling adventure.

Report Abuse Jason Henry February 05, 2011 | 04:13 PM

Sounds like a great opportunity. I hope you win!

Report Abuse Jay Reese February 05, 2011 | 03:31 PM

Lola: Wishing you the best. Looking forward to seeing your photos.

Report Abuse Cathie Blue February 05, 2011 | 02:33 PM

Got my vote in, my friend. Praying for you!! <3

Report Abuse Olafia Olafsdottir February 05, 2011 | 12:52 PM

Best of luck to you Lola!

Report Abuse Gail Mooney February 05, 2011 | 10:58 AM

Good luck Lola!

Report Abuse James Shelton February 05, 2011 | 02:12 AM

One IFPO member to another---YOU GO GIRL

James

Report Abuse Naomi Kamara February 05, 2011 | 01:37 AM

GOOD LUCK LOLA. IT URS. GO GET IT!

Report Abuse Tommy Schönstedt February 04, 2011 | 07:43 PM

Today I have discovered Lola Akinmade – what a greatl photographer and writer and explorer in the wildness!

Report Abuse Nicu Caucos February 04, 2011 | 03:31 PM

Help me now to get votes please! http://bit.ly/emILDJ

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade February 03, 2011 | 08:37 PM

Continued thanks to all my fellow IFPO freelancers. So grateful for your solidarity and support.

To all my friends/family/colleagues/everyone who has been voting and spreading the word, I am so grateful for you! Every single one of your votes is important, counts, and makes a huge difference.

We've got only 12 days left till the end of the competition (Feb 15) and it's really heating up.

I sincerely need you all to please spread the word and get your own families/friends/colleagues/social networks to please vote for this childhood dream.

[ Please remember ]

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Cynthia Scarborough February 03, 2011 | 02:08 AM

Hope you're getting ready to pack your gear. Good luck!

Report Abuse Carl Phillips February 02, 2011 | 11:35 AM

Best wishes to you from IFPO member 77041.

Report Abuse Alan McConnell February 02, 2011 | 05:41 AM

Good luck! I wanna go too! :)

Report Abuse Julian,Jr. Taban February 01, 2011 | 09:32 PM

Wish you goodluck
Julian D. Taban Jr. IFPO # 26271
Philippines

Report Abuse Julian,Jr. Taban February 01, 2011 | 09:26 PM

Go for the Win Lola!Pride for IFPO

Report Abuse Julian,Jr. Taban February 01, 2011 | 09:23 PM

Go for it Lola.

Report Abuse Patrick O'Keefe February 01, 2011 | 03:42 PM

Pat O'Keefe

Good Luck. I hope you make it. IFPO member 30387

Report Abuse Hermenegildo, Jr Rapanan February 01, 2011 | 12:16 PM

Voted! Good Luck Lola.

Report Abuse Samuel Asare February 01, 2011 | 10:13 AM

Voted. Wishing you all the best, Lola. Samuel Asare IFPO #10243

Report Abuse Ron Sexton February 01, 2011 | 03:06 AM

Good Luck Lola!!!!!!
Ron Sexton #72246

Report Abuse Dave White February 01, 2011 | 02:33 AM

All the best Lola!
Dave White IFPO 77570

Report Abuse Ed Cabral January 31, 2011 | 10:50 PM

Best of luck Lola, It would be a great accomplishment for a member of IFPO to get this type of world wide recognition. Very interesting story to say the least.
Ed Cabral, IFPO Member #63710
Massachusetts, USA

Report Abuse al matsuyama January 31, 2011 | 08:17 PM

good luck lola.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 31, 2011 | 07:27 PM

To all my fellow freelancers from IFPO, thank you so much for your amazing support! Sincerely grateful.

To all my friends/family/colleagues/everyone who has been voting, your support has been nothing short of humbling and I am so touched.

Please remember:

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Jerry Luoma January 31, 2011 | 03:24 PM

Jerry Luoma, IFPO Member #31626
Best of luck... Live the dream!
Take a lot of photos...
Wyoming, United States

Report Abuse Peter Cole January 31, 2011 | 03:11 PM

Peter U. Cole Good luck, my 'Sista'

Report Abuse Ayokunle Ajayi January 31, 2011 | 12:56 PM

You are really beautiful. good luck.

Report Abuse Funsho Falowo January 31, 2011 | 12:51 PM

I hope u win. Much love from here.

Report Abuse Uday Shirodkar January 31, 2011 | 12:24 PM

Voted.I pray for your success.

Report Abuse Jerry Toftum January 31, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Jerry Toftum January 31, 2011
Voted, I hope that your dream is fulfilled. Good Luck.
IFPO Member 18443

Report Abuse Michael Riggs January 31, 2011 | 10:24 AM

You can do it! You have the one thing that the others do not have...IFPO members like me that will give you the opportunity to realize your dreams. Bring me back a snow ball, ok?
Michael Riggs
IFPO #77878

Report Abuse Lito Bagaporo January 31, 2011 | 10:14 AM

go for it. . . God Bless You. . GOOD LUCK! ! !

Report Abuse TinaGail Evans January 31, 2011 | 06:27 AM

Lola,

Best of LUCK, I know you will be a Great Writer and Photographer.
IFPO member, Winter Park, Florida and Full Sail University student.

Report Abuse David Ruby January 31, 2011 | 04:25 AM

Best of Luck Lola, I voted for you.
David Ruby, IFPO Member #42753

Report Abuse Walter Rowand January 31, 2011 | 12:52 AM

Walt Rowand IFPO Brother. Best of LUCK.

Report Abuse Terry Bailey January 31, 2011 | 12:07 AM

Hope you all the best!
Terry Bailey, IFPO

Report Abuse Randy Giesbrecht January 31, 2011 | 12:01 AM

My Vote is behind you Lola!
Best of Luck
From a fellow IFPO Member

Report Abuse Randy Giesbrecht January 30, 2011 | 11:58 PM

My Vote is behind you Lola!
Best of Luck

Report Abuse Jennifer Biondi Neibel January 30, 2011 | 11:17 PM

Good Luck!!I Can't wait to see ALL the Pics from the Top of the World!!from a fellow IFPO member:)

Report Abuse Sheila Broughton January 30, 2011 | 11:12 PM

You have my vote also Lola, Best Wishes on you're Awesome Journey!!!

Report Abuse Annie Wheat January 30, 2011 | 10:57 PM

You got my vote,
Annie member of IFPO

Report Abuse Mohammad Khursheed January 30, 2011 | 10:00 PM

Meant to say "wishing you the very best".

Report Abuse Mohammad Khursheed January 30, 2011 | 09:59 PM

Wish the very best.

Report Abuse C F January 30, 2011 | 09:13 PM

IFPO; AINews: Today's Phtog Mag; Come On Y'all, VOTE
Lola,
Blessings, have Faith
C

Report Abuse Sahle Mehari January 30, 2011 | 07:59 PM

Lola! Good luck

Report Abuse Dedan Ji Jaga January 30, 2011 | 07:32 PM

Lola,the best of luck to you on your quest. If the results of this contest do not weigh in your favor I am certain the world will hear your triumphant celebration very soon from mounds of the North Pole. Your drive, your vision, your sense of boundary-less-ness is to determined to be denied what was ordained years ago in Mr. Kayode's geography class. I for one am breathlessly awaiting the vivid photojournalistic articulation of this lifetime pursuit that you have so graciously allowed us to experience with you. Keep us posted.

Report Abuse Harold Shackelford January 30, 2011 | 05:17 PM

Best of luck, you deserve it.

Report Abuse Arthur Sample January 30, 2011 | 04:38 PM

Lola, I wish much luck and a wonderful journey.

Report Abuse James Nokes January 30, 2011 | 04:26 PM

Here is my vote. Best of luck to you. Don't let go of your dream. Ever.

Report Abuse David Dembishack January 30, 2011 | 01:53 PM

David Dembishack (IFPO Florida,USA)
Voted for ya! Good Luck! Keep your eye on the prize Lola.

Report Abuse David Dembishack January 30, 2011 | 01:50 PM

Voted for ya! Good luck! Keep your eyes on the prize Lola.

Report Abuse Manuel Ribeiro January 30, 2011 | 12:20 PM

Manuel Ribeiro IFPO (AUSTRALIA/PORTUGAL)
You got my vote! Hope you get there and take nice photos :)
All the best of luck!

Report Abuse Frank White January 30, 2011 | 11:28 AM

Frank White IFPO

I smell success,enjoy your prize...

Report Abuse Lara Ward January 30, 2011 | 10:57 AM

Eyes on the Prize!

Report Abuse Jacques Goyard January 30, 2011 | 07:18 AM

Jacques Lipkau Goyard - IFPO (Rome)
You'll make it Lola, hang on!!!

Report Abuse Jack Beasley January 30, 2011 | 06:14 AM

We are all behind you Lola!
IFPO

Report Abuse Steve Clemenson January 30, 2011 | 05:34 AM

Rock on IFPO! GO LOLA!!!

Report Abuse Glenn Stockard January 30, 2011 | 02:07 AM

Best of luck Lola.

If all IFPO members votes, she would win "hands down."

Cannot wait to see her photos after her trip!

Report Abuse Frank Summers January 30, 2011 | 02:04 AM

GMV!! WTG! IFPO Member

Report Abuse Dennis Ewing January 30, 2011 | 01:46 AM

Good luck lola. IFPO Press coprs. Dennis Ewing

Report Abuse Jeff Sheldon January 29, 2011 | 10:04 PM

Best wishes Lola! The IFPO community is supporting you!

Report Abuse Lorna MacMillan January 28, 2011 | 10:11 PM

voted and rooting for you Lola! good luck!

Report Abuse Britt-Marie Norberg January 28, 2011 | 06:31 PM

Hoppas verkligen att det blir du som får åka till Nordpolen.
Hälsniongar Britt-Marie

Report Abuse Lara Ward January 28, 2011 | 12:50 PM

Hang in there, your close!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 27, 2011 | 07:48 PM

Tusen tack till alla våra kompisar i Sverige!

Thousand thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Please remember:

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Keke Bbt January 27, 2011 | 07:21 PM

kita18bbt from get online votes dot com voted for you!!!!!
http://onthespot.cambio.com/videos/1485880-181875

Report Abuse OLATUNDE OGUNKUNLE January 27, 2011 | 06:51 PM

WISHING YOU THE VERY BEST!

Report Abuse Tomas Petterson January 27, 2011 | 11:45 AM

Glöm inte att köpa långkalsonger - för självklart kommer du att få åka med!

Report Abuse Mats Olsson January 27, 2011 | 11:03 AM

Lola! Way to go. Håller tummarna.
Mats Olsson

Report Abuse Malin Jorsell January 27, 2011 | 10:26 AM

Lycka till!

Report Abuse Andreas Nilsson January 27, 2011 | 07:09 AM

Heja, heja! Jag kommer följa dig och hoppas att du vinner! Allt gott, Lola!

Report Abuse cecily ferguson January 26, 2011 | 04:52 PM

What an amazing story (and sooo visual)!! Wishing you the best!

Report Abuse Pam LeTexier January 26, 2011 | 02:44 PM

Voted good luck!

Report Abuse Nina Bergström January 26, 2011 | 02:37 PM

Hoppas du vinner, det verkar jättespännande det här! Hälsn Nina B

Report Abuse Susanne Ellingsworth January 26, 2011 | 02:31 PM

Lycka till, hoppas du vinner!

Report Abuse Annika Pettersson January 26, 2011 | 02:22 PM

Lycka till!! Hoppas du vinner!

Report Abuse Philip Pettersson January 26, 2011 | 02:15 PM

Hälsa isbjörnarna.

Report Abuse Seun Ewegbemi January 26, 2011 | 11:42 AM

Go for the stars and be stand out from the galaxies! All the best Lara.

Report Abuse Olubukola Ogunsiakan January 26, 2011 | 10:26 AM

Best wishes. With a dogged determination,(know you got it) you'll make it. Nigeria is proud of you.

Report Abuse Oladimeji Gabisi January 26, 2011 | 10:05 AM

Could not vote with my phone but would do that very soon.
Nice piece.

Report Abuse Hyke Bekeh January 26, 2011 | 08:34 AM

Done! You will get there...keep to it!

Report Abuse Akinwumi Iyanda January 26, 2011 | 06:14 AM

I believe you deserve to WIN. GOOD LUCK!

Report Abuse Dolla Olalojule January 26, 2011 | 04:57 AM

Voted. I love your spirit of adventure. Best of luck Lolly Akins.

Report Abuse Zino Agbaza January 26, 2011 | 03:21 AM

I am with you girl and I have just voted for you. Keep the green white green of Nigeria flying and take our flag to the north pole with you when you are going. We are very proud of you. Well done.

Report Abuse Felix Akinola January 26, 2011 | 02:00 AM

I wish you the best of luck in all attempts.This is your time and your best is yet to come.As a nigerian,you are the next hero of our country and keep on the good work.From Akinbolaji Yisa's inlaw(Akinola Felix).

Report Abuse Ronke Adegbile January 26, 2011 | 01:57 AM

Hope you win, Lollipop

Report Abuse Ayo Akinfe January 26, 2011 | 01:05 AM

Another Nigerian lady seeks the mantle of Chinua Achebe. They are coming through at such an alarming rate with such high quality that I see Bookers and Nobels pilling up in the not-too-distant future.

Lola is the latest on this very very impressive list:

[1] Kaine Agary
[2] Unoma Azuah
[3] Ngozi Achebe
[4] Myne Whitman
[5] Chimamanda Adichie
[6] Sefi Attah
[7] Chika Unigwe
[8] Joy Isi Bewaji
[9] Lola Shoneyin
[10] Nnedi Okorafor
[11] Helen Oyeyemi
[12] Ola Awonubi
[13] Adaobi Nwaubani

Report Abuse adenike boboye January 26, 2011 | 12:37 AM

u got my vote girl wish u luck

Report Abuse Gina Hall January 26, 2011 | 12:18 AM

I have voted for you. May God grant you the victory.

Report Abuse Shalom Shobande January 26, 2011 | 12:05 AM

my dream is to get to the north pole and see the aurora borealis..i have voted for you sis and i am proud of you

Report Abuse Tanko Ahmed January 25, 2011 | 11:02 PM

Just voted for you plus a powerful magnative beam of besh wishes full of prayers. Goodluck, my sister Lola!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 25, 2011 | 10:45 PM

Thank you all sooooo much! This is truly humbling and I'm so grateful.

Please remember:

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Pamela Ambe January 25, 2011 | 10:22 PM

Just voted, and wishing u nothing but the best!!

Report Abuse Yngve Måhlberg January 25, 2011 | 09:30 PM

Klart du ska till nordpolen, Lola. Lycka till.
Yngve

Report Abuse Ricky Ristic January 25, 2011 | 08:30 PM

Lycka till!!

Report Abuse Jackie Börjeson January 25, 2011 | 07:07 PM

Good Luck Lola!1

Report Abuse Femi Fani-Kayode January 25, 2011 | 05:48 PM

The very best of luck Lola. You have our support and you deserve to win. Well done.

Report Abuse Babatunde Onibode January 25, 2011 | 05:46 PM

Wish you all the very best

Report Abuse Scarlet Vikarby January 25, 2011 | 04:07 PM

Voted and posted to FB! Good luck Lola!

Report Abuse Oguns Clinton January 25, 2011 | 03:42 PM

...already voted for you...peace.

Report Abuse Kayode Toyosi January 25, 2011 | 02:57 PM

VOTE CAST FOR YOU......May God grant you favour before all men.

Report Abuse Oyesile Dupe January 25, 2011 | 02:56 PM

May your dream come true IJN,i wish u the very best in Life.........

Report Abuse Beatrice Thomas-Bailey January 25, 2011 | 02:50 PM

Voted!!! Wish you the best.

Report Abuse Edward Richard January 25, 2011 | 02:49 PM

Proudly Nigerian, wishing you the very best

Report Abuse Osi Ifeanyichukwu January 25, 2011 | 02:15 PM

wish you the best.....U rock!!!!

Report Abuse Kemmie Victoria Amole January 25, 2011 | 02:08 PM

Lola, May ur dreams come through IJN

Report Abuse Dalla Isaac Martin Matlock January 25, 2011 | 01:52 PM

Good job ! kept up the great work Lola *

Report Abuse SEYI AKINNUBI January 25, 2011 | 01:45 PM

We are proud of you Lola.

Report Abuse Olaniran Ajayi January 25, 2011 | 09:58 AM

Just voted 4 u, all the best.

Report Abuse Janice Robinson January 25, 2011 | 05:54 AM

Lola I believe that you will win. Victory is yours. Together we press forward.

Report Abuse Tisch Cistrunk-Parmelee January 25, 2011 | 05:49 AM

You're an inspiration to so many, Lola! I voted for you!!!! I'd ♥ to see your photography from the North Pole. Make sure someone gets a pic of your leap for joy when you arrive, though! :-)

Report Abuse Nahom Gebre January 24, 2011 | 09:22 PM

All the best Lola. It looks like you're on your way to the North Pole.

Report Abuse Tai Olalojule January 24, 2011 | 07:48 PM

Lola, Yisa Akinbolaji is my brother, he told me you worth been voted for and I casted my vote as the 1626th. Truely, you worth it.Best of Luck !!!

Report Abuse Tai Olalojule January 24, 2011 | 07:27 PM

You've got my vote Lolly. Good Luck a fantastic candidate.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 24, 2011 | 07:22 PM

If you're voting using Facebook, please don't forget to click the "Vote for this entry" button under my photo once you get back to this page so your vote is counted.

If you're voting using an email address, please do not forget to click the link that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Once you click the link, you will see a "Vote for this entry" button under my photo which you can then click so your vote is added to the count.

Thanks again for your votes and continued support!

To find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer, please visit http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Tai Olalojule January 24, 2011 | 07:11 PM

lola, I voted for you. CARRY GO and GOOD LUCK !!!

Report Abuse Jinger Guerrette January 24, 2011 | 05:33 PM

Best of luck to you! I hope you win and I can't wait to read about it. You are inspiring many people to get out there and chase after their dream!

Report Abuse Erik K January 24, 2011 | 11:53 AM

Voted! (Afro-Europe)

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 23, 2011 | 09:30 PM

@Everyone

Thank you so much for your continued support! Feb 15th is just around the corner (3 weeks) and I need each of your votes and continued efforts more than ever!

This means a lot to me.

A steadfast childhood dream that never changed.

Please continue to vote and spread the word. Every single one of your votes is equally important and I am extremely grateful and continually humbled by them.

Please find out more about my work as a writer, travel blogger, and photographer here - http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Joan McKniff January 23, 2011 | 07:43 PM

I'm part of Adrienne's army! good luck joan, celebrating Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

Report Abuse Renelda M January 23, 2011 | 07:31 PM

Everyday, Claim and believe that you will win and put your faith in God.

Report Abuse SHARON BARNES January 23, 2011 | 06:14 PM

Good luck Lola. Adrienne's friends just can't stay put. Of course, Sharon AKA Adrienne's mom.

Report Abuse Paula Rindborg January 23, 2011 | 04:37 PM

I voted Lola! Boa sorte! Good Luck!

Report Abuse Jeff Liechty January 23, 2011 | 04:13 PM

voted, good luck, you of all people would know how to truly appreciate it!!

Report Abuse Mary Haley January 22, 2011 | 08:31 PM

I voted, Lola!

Report Abuse Prosper Onogberie January 22, 2011 | 08:03 PM

Mo ti Dibo fun eh oh...Ko ronti mu pof pof wa oh

Report Abuse Ozzy-Munda HeyGeday January 22, 2011 | 09:01 AM

I am rooting for Kehny Obafemi but i love your writing so am voting for you too, either of you would be great out there. Good luck!

Report Abuse Unus Sed Leona January 21, 2011 | 03:51 AM

Awesome! You make me want to make it to the North Pole one day, even though I don't think I will like the cold, lol. Good Luck!

Report Abuse Meshileya Timothy January 20, 2011 | 09:09 PM

Best of luck girl. God's speed

Report Abuse Gero Schomaker January 20, 2011 | 08:24 PM

go lola go! =)

Report Abuse Visnja Novosel January 20, 2011 | 03:18 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 20, 2011 | 02:01 AM

Thank you all for your continued support from across the globe! This has been nothing short of humbling and I'm extremely grateful for your support.

Please continue to share this link with others -> friends/family/colleagues/other social networks <- which anyone you feel can (and would want to) vote.

To learn more about my work as a travel writer, blogger, and photographer, please check out - http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Vivat Arvidsson January 19, 2011 | 06:14 PM

Hi Lola, am so proud of u as an african myself I knw what it´s means to fight or work hard for what u want so much & by the Grace of our beloved Jesus u a already won this competition. Grab it, it´s yours in Jesus name.

Vison´s Butik

Report Abuse Naza Zaini January 19, 2011 | 05:39 PM

Jenny is my friend. she said you deserve this honor. good luck from malaysia.

Report Abuse Mary Jones January 19, 2011 | 03:30 AM

Go Lola!

Report Abuse Bunmi Adesioye January 18, 2011 | 04:12 PM

Your childhood dream is about to become a reality. So proud of you my dear daughter, Lola. Heaven is the limit, we are holding you up in prayers!! Keep us posted. Lots of love auntie Bunmi Adesioye

Report Abuse Anne Gbadamosi January 18, 2011 | 03:31 PM

Voted. Waiting for the pictures and stories to follow. Good Luck!!

Report Abuse Suniel Parihar January 18, 2011 | 02:50 PM

About 25 years back,I missed an opportunity to go on an expedition to South Pole.I hope and pray that you make it to the North Pole.You not only have my vote young lady, but my friends' as well. All the best.

Report Abuse Casey James January 18, 2011 | 01:22 AM

Wow girl you can write! Love your essay and will make sure to pass the link along! Good luck and God bless your journeys!

Report Abuse Dian Winiarti January 18, 2011 | 12:40 AM

Voted Lola, good luck :)

Report Abuse Temitope De-Medeiros January 17, 2011 | 04:02 PM

Your photography draws one into the visual- i could almost feel the crunch of snow under my feet.. stunning visuals.. captivating reading material.. another fan signing up.. voted go Lola... enjoy all your adventures

Report Abuse lena le January 16, 2011 | 11:04 PM

wishing you the best of luck!

Report Abuse Sandrine Tehi January 16, 2011 | 07:42 PM

done! #1503
good luck and thaks for your support too!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 16, 2011 | 05:56 PM

@Sele

Thank you so much for your kind words. And that your girls find my essay inspiring is truly humbling and touching. Thank you!

@Everyone

Thank you for your continued support from all across the globe. Every single one of your votes is equally important and I'm extremely grateful. Please continue to spread the word.

To learn more about my work as a travel writer, blogger, and photographer, please check out - http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Sele Akinbolaji January 16, 2011 | 05:02 PM

I love the essay. My girls love it as much. Thank you Lola, for the magnificent quality of your articles and photography. My uncle showed me samples of your artworks and I googled your name to read other great articles you have written. All the best of luck to you!

Report Abuse Lande Alabi January 16, 2011 | 12:44 PM

Goodluck Lola.... last minute, but I voted yaaaay!

Report Abuse Karen Gundersen January 16, 2011 | 12:09 PM

All the best Lola! Your writing brought tears to my eyes. Such a long way from Dayton. Lykke til!

Report Abuse ekong fynch January 16, 2011 | 11:55 AM

u got my vote,wish u the best

Report Abuse afolasade ayonuwe January 16, 2011 | 10:42 AM

Wish you the best!Hope you make it poundo yam advert girl.
Sent the link to all my frends too.

Report Abuse Dali Edwards January 16, 2011 | 01:13 AM

Good Luck Lola! Don't forget to share your photos with Par Excellence Magazine. XOXO

Report Abuse Martin ollennu January 15, 2011 | 09:25 PM

Hello,
I wish you all the best.

Report Abuse Leticia Ollennu January 15, 2011 | 09:01 PM

Leticia Ollennu
Voted.All the best,Lola.

Report Abuse Nancy Clark January 15, 2011 | 05:10 PM

Seeing your dream come true!!

Report Abuse Seun Adebanjo January 14, 2011 | 11:02 PM

All the best, may u find ur dreams!

Report Abuse Emmanuel O January 14, 2011 | 09:58 PM

önskar dig lycka till

Report Abuse Karina Esbjörnsson January 14, 2011 | 09:41 PM

Hej Lola!
I hope you´ll get it. Good luck!

Report Abuse Deolu Adeniyi January 14, 2011 | 08:21 PM

Go girl! All the best!

Report Abuse Jennifer Gidman January 14, 2011 | 06:13 PM

Good luck, Lola! I may be your competitor but I love your story and wish you luck.

Report Abuse Julie Ried January 14, 2011 | 05:56 PM

Julie forwarded me the link. You can do it!

Report Abuse Diekolola Akinmade Vanderpuye January 14, 2011 | 03:55 PM

Sorry it took so long. Just left Naija and ur mum explained to me what this was all about. I was scared u were going mountain climbing or something and did not want tnat. Good luck my darling and hope u do have a blast. I know u will make it

Report Abuse Favouredgirl Writes January 14, 2011 | 02:44 PM

I've voted now, all the best Lola!

Report Abuse Bobmanuel Effiong January 14, 2011 | 01:02 PM

congrats hope u win and bring back some memorable pix. Hpy New Year

Report Abuse Gabrielle Kennedy January 13, 2011 | 08:18 PM

Voted. Good luck Lola!

Report Abuse Danny jha January 13, 2011 | 09:17 AM

good luck lola, your wish become true , from india and thier peoples,

Report Abuse Lekan Olaosebikan January 13, 2011 | 07:39 AM

Hello Lola,
Best wishes for your success from Dr. Lekan Olaosebikan
(friend of Chief Femi Akinmade).

Report Abuse Roddy MacLeod January 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Voted good luck - chance of a life time

Report Abuse Idowu Eko January 12, 2011 | 10:57 PM

Lola, hope to meet with you very soon. I am a Priest from your Church back home @ All Saints Church, Ogbonkowo, Ondo. I have given you my vote. Praying also for your success.

Report Abuse StefanieandTracy Foster January 12, 2011 | 05:48 PM

Voted. Good luck!

Report Abuse Segun Olumide January 12, 2011 | 10:56 AM

Just voted for u, good luck.

Report Abuse Jennifer Effah January 12, 2011 | 10:33 AM

Voted. Good luck!

Report Abuse Gbemi Preview January 12, 2011 | 01:06 AM

I just voted lola.. I know you will make it

Report Abuse Mike Rounding January 11, 2011 | 11:22 PM

Voted! Best of luck to you, Lola!!

Report Abuse charles chima January 11, 2011 | 09:26 PM

If its ever your, you will make it Lola

Report Abuse tunde agoro January 11, 2011 | 06:06 PM

all the best girl, make us proud :-)

Report Abuse Iweka Kingsley January 11, 2011 | 05:40 PM

I saw the link on my friend, Gbenga Awomodu's page on Facebook. I like the piece and I've voted for you. All the best Lola.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 11, 2011 | 05:21 PM

Tusen tack! Grazie mille! Gracias! Shukriya! E se é! Imena! Xie xie! Da blu!

Thank you all so much for your continued support from around the world. Your votes mean a lot to me and each counts towards possibly making this dream a reality.

To learn more about my work as a travel writer, blogger, and photographer, please check out - http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Thanks!

Report Abuse Abi Baiyewu January 11, 2011 | 03:07 PM

Rooting for you. Hope you win!

Report Abuse Stephen Adebayo January 11, 2011 | 02:57 PM

Just voted. Wish you the very best.

Report Abuse Nanny Meena January 11, 2011 | 01:01 PM

Lycka till Lola !! :)) Hoppas att du vinna. <333

Report Abuse Funmilayo Ayokunle May-Ernest January 11, 2011 | 06:51 AM

Just believe u'ill become the winner and so shall it be ( amen)

Report Abuse Johny Smith January 11, 2011 | 05:39 AM

Great post and impressive write..........
my wishes with you all the best !!!!!!
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Report Abuse Dzela Vote January 11, 2011 | 02:49 AM

1375 votes
I VOTED GL

Report Abuse Pauline Karakat January 11, 2011 | 02:35 AM

I hope you make it there! I look forward to reading all about it!

Report Abuse Dan Ahlstedt January 11, 2011 | 02:07 AM

Det här vinner du! / Dan

Report Abuse Oluwadare Oyedipe January 10, 2011 | 11:57 PM

WOW! Insightful piece, voted and posted on my FB profile! Lola, Viel Glück!!!!

Report Abuse Beeci Oluyede January 10, 2011 | 11:45 PM

All the best

Report Abuse Susan Shyllon January 10, 2011 | 10:46 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse 'Fúnmiláyò Akinòsì January 10, 2011 | 06:40 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Ann Purcell January 10, 2011 | 05:50 PM

Wishing the best for you, Lola!!

Report Abuse Oluyomi Ogunniyi January 10, 2011 | 04:27 PM

Bon chance, dear...

Report Abuse Lola Abolade January 10, 2011 | 03:45 PM

I do really pray you eventually get there....Voted..

Lola Abolade...

Report Abuse Richard Crasta January 10, 2011 | 09:27 AM

Voted. Please say "Boo!" to a Polar bear for me. Good luck.

Report Abuse Jennifer Miner January 10, 2011 | 02:35 AM

Voted for you! Getting closer to the pole...

Report Abuse Linus Björkestedt January 10, 2011 | 02:05 AM

Lycka till! Jag tror på dig.
/Linus

Report Abuse Sara Ojasoo January 10, 2011 | 02:05 AM

Lycka till!

Report Abuse Bernard Shields January 10, 2011 | 01:03 AM

Just voted. All the best, Lola!

Report Abuse Karen Resurreccion January 09, 2011 | 09:47 PM

just voted! (im one of kay's friends from, btw, in case u were wondering hehe)

good luck, & im so excited for you!!! ;D

Report Abuse Natasha Hartley January 09, 2011 | 08:03 PM

Voted. Good Luck, Lola!

Report Abuse Jeevan Baretto January 09, 2011 | 07:44 PM

Voted! I would love to see the pictures from North pole! Love you.

Report Abuse Katherine Kennerly January 09, 2011 | 06:22 PM

voted.... Good Luck!!

Report Abuse Mariano Pallottini January 09, 2011 | 06:12 PM

You Lola the Robert Falcon Scott of women.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 09, 2011 | 05:34 PM

To learn more about my work as a travel writer, blogger, and photographer, please check out - http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Thanks!

Report Abuse nnamdi nwogwugwu January 09, 2011 | 04:16 PM

Voted! Go and do us proud girl!

Report Abuse Greg Roux January 09, 2011 | 02:55 PM

Dress warmly... What time of year is the trip to occur? Will watch for your webcam transmittal. Greg

Report Abuse Joe Castillon January 09, 2011 | 07:23 AM

Thanks for voting for me! I'll do the same for anybody! Just go to clickvision.tv and vote for me on the poll! No registration needed! :-)

-Joe Castillon

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 09, 2011 | 01:29 AM

Every single one of your votes is equally special and important to me.

Thanks so much (och tack så mycket!) for your continued support from across the globe - from the US to Africa to Scandinavia to India.

Truly humbled and grateful!
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 09, 2011 | 01:28 AM

Every single one of your votes is equally special and important to me.

Thank for you all (och tack så mycket!) for your continued support from across the globe - from the US to Africa to Scandinavia to India.

Truly humbled and grateful!
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Tlu Vr January 08, 2011 | 09:30 PM

Voted for you, Best of Luck, Tluvr

Report Abuse rasheed Ademuyiwa January 08, 2011 | 08:55 PM

Best of luck

Report Abuse GODWIN OVBUDE OHIOMOBA January 08, 2011 | 07:04 PM

I voted Lola, Nice work!!

Report Abuse adekunle fadoju January 08, 2011 | 04:20 PM

NAJIA for LOLA

Report Abuse Eva Sandoval January 08, 2011 | 03:05 PM

My vote is for Lola!

Report Abuse adenike fadoju January 08, 2011 | 02:47 PM

voted! lola you have won Keep on praying

Report Abuse gerald dantic January 08, 2011 | 09:10 AM

hi just voted for your entry please vote for my entry also...please leave a comment on my photo also...thank you!!!

Report Abuse Tethbaa ッ January 08, 2011 | 04:33 AM

Good Luck I've voted (: Hope you win!

Report Abuse Akin Carons January 07, 2011 | 09:25 PM

All the best. Wishing you nothing but success. Hej Hej!

Report Abuse Akin Carons January 07, 2011 | 09:24 PM

All the best. Wish you nothing but success. Hej Hej.

Report Abuse Alpha Bennett January 07, 2011 | 06:11 PM

Hi Lola. Voted. Will pass it on. Alpha

Report Abuse Ericka Abrams January 07, 2011 | 05:12 AM

Good luck. Hope to meet you on my first trip to Europe this summer!

Report Abuse Shegun Olusanya January 06, 2011 | 10:52 PM

Hey Lola,

You go gal!!! Make us all proud. Best of luck and God's Speed!!!!

Report Abuse Seyi Olusanya January 06, 2011 | 05:40 PM

Hey Lola, you've got my vote, what a lovely piece. Posting to my Facebook & twitter
All the very best

Report Abuse Ojikutu Moriam January 06, 2011 | 08:01 AM

Hi lola, I really hope you win this! Posted the link on my fb wall also forwarded to bb contacts! Good luck!

Report Abuse Sonal Vaz January 06, 2011 | 03:01 AM

here's your vote from India too! Your gonna make this happen someday or the other Lola! me knows! Voted!

Report Abuse Oluwafemi Okunnu January 05, 2011 | 10:36 PM

I like the way u photograph with words. i haven't been to these places yet i have a mental picture of what it looks like. you have mu vote already. Godspeed Lola.

Report Abuse Nikki Graham January 05, 2011 | 06:00 PM

I really enjoy how u write! and i really hope u get it! =)
good luck!

Report Abuse Frances Obonna January 05, 2011 | 05:46 PM

kudos nice entry i know u will make it\

Report Abuse Seun Ladeinde January 05, 2011 | 05:42 AM

It strikes me that you are African, Nigerian, & a Photographer...Become the star of this event cos i will like your Autograph when you are done! Voted for You..... Pls Win this.

Report Abuse Maryam Mosanya January 05, 2011 | 02:04 AM

WISHING U D VERY BEST LOLA!!!!!

Report Abuse Oyenike Ogundipe January 04, 2011 | 08:43 PM

Good luck.u have already made Nigerians like myself proud.

Report Abuse Victor Olade January 04, 2011 | 08:19 PM

Even if you do not win this, keep believing because greater opportunities will come! I read your post and enjoyed it.

Report Abuse Shakirudeen Odunuga January 04, 2011 | 06:00 PM

Lola, I pray that you achieve your heart desire. Best of Luck. Take a lots of photographs.

Report Abuse Kimberly Wastler January 04, 2011 | 05:31 PM

In bocca al lupo (o alce!)! I remember having the same feeling about the Arctic Circle - is it just a line on the map, a sign on the road, or something you feel inside as you approach the "Top of the World"? After my visit in deep December, I say the latter.
I hope I can hear you from here when you shout!

Report Abuse Helena Wahlman January 04, 2011 | 04:37 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Jeff Miller January 04, 2011 | 04:27 PM

GOOD LUCK!!!!! You sure are pretty!

Report Abuse Seyi Adewole January 04, 2011 | 03:11 AM

I wish you all the best Aralola. Keep it up!

Report Abuse Yisa Akinbolaji January 04, 2011 | 02:39 AM

Lola, Your brilliant article “Homecoming: A Childhood dream”, which I believe is well worth the vote, is a must read – especially if one aspire to someday visit sub-Sahara Africa or currently dwell in that region. You continue to enrich your life with valuable experiences whether it is inside or outside of the classroom. I’m proud of you as always. Yisa

Report Abuse Jay Nwachu January 03, 2011 | 10:31 PM

Good luck to ya!

Report Abuse Sabrina Tuco January 03, 2011 | 10:11 PM

Voted,Good luck

Report Abuse Mike Bahooski January 03, 2011 | 07:08 PM

You got my Vote Lola! Good luck if you make it! I'll be jealous!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 03, 2011 | 01:43 PM

Continued thanks to all my friends and support from across the globe - from Africa, Middle East, Scandinavia, Asia, Europe, South America, USA, Canada.

Every single vote counts! Thanks for your humbling generosity.

Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Caroline Zombie-Amebo January 03, 2011 | 07:51 AM

I wish you goodluck

Report Abuse Frank Anderson January 03, 2011 | 06:28 AM

I feel that you should change this picture to something more adventurous. It is important that your picture reflects the cause of this activity (or exercise) to enable not just Nigerians only, but many other people from other nations to vote for you. We're talking about going all out to something to has to do with adventure and nature and your picture up here looks as if you're in a restaurant - maybe this works for you, I don't know, but just my opinion.

Again, make your headline catchy, at least, a bit catchy. "A sort of homecoming" doesn't cut it greatly, you should find a better headline.

However, I have voted for you and have posted this on my facebook wall for people to vote and I believe we'll try and get as many vote as possible to enable you win. Good luck.

Report Abuse De-oye Odu-banjo January 03, 2011 | 05:18 AM

Voted Good luck gurl

Report Abuse Linda Golden January 02, 2011 | 11:13 PM

Good luck, Lola! Get the warmest winter gear, if you don't already have it for those cold Swedish winters.

Report Abuse Bill Boston January 02, 2011 | 08:56 PM

Good luck!!!

Report Abuse Arinoso Olugbolahan January 02, 2011 | 05:43 PM

HOPE UR DREAM COMES TRUE,VOTED FOR U

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 02, 2011 | 01:41 PM

@Tesly - Absolutely! Every single vote counts.

@Everyone - Thanks so much for your continued support. Please continue to spread the word and share the link with everyone else. Every single vote counts!

Thank you all so very much!
Sincerely,

Lola
Lola

Report Abuse Tesly Adesanya Yusuf January 02, 2011 | 12:05 PM

Hi lola,
I was your 1080th vote! I hope this counts for something! I wish you the very best! Goodluck.....

Report Abuse Aneto Okakpu January 01, 2011 | 03:37 PM

This is great! Go girl! We support you and will continue to pray for you. Good luck!

Report Abuse Chika Okakpu-oduka January 01, 2011 | 03:35 PM

Congrats to u, i am rooting 4 u.

Report Abuse ADEFOLA SIYANBADE January 01, 2011 | 12:03 PM

It feels gud votin 4 u,our own Lola.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade January 01, 2011 | 11:08 AM

Happy New Year everyone! May 2011 bring you all your heart's desires, great health, and blessings beyond measure.

Please help me make my childhood dream come true. Every single vote is important and please continue to pass the link on to family/friends/colleagues/networks and everyone else you feel can help get us more votes.

Thank you all for your continued support and hope to make you proud!
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Olutayo Akinrinde January 01, 2011 | 10:22 AM

You've got my vote Lola...I'd love to see an exbadorian on the front cover of Times magazine!

Report Abuse Olumide Olusanya January 01, 2011 | 08:05 AM

hi lola....i have always dreamt about seeing a Nigerian flag on the north pole.....thanks for giving hope to that dream....thanks for making Nigeria proud....God bless you and keep you.

Report Abuse Zaph Rahman December 31, 2010 | 10:00 PM

voted # 1037 & good luck!
in return pls vote for Rizalea Zairyn Rizalni (Malaysia)
Website URL: http://apps.facebook.com/gapcastingcall/?country=&photoid=&pid=&qid=15c44582e6f15d15391079827d2fc2d9

thank u.

Report Abuse ridwan olayemi December 31, 2010 | 08:23 PM

g.luck

Report Abuse Adeniyi Oluwo December 31, 2010 | 07:05 PM

its good to know that people's dream can come true....go girl am rooting for you all the way

Report Abuse Tunde Ifafore December 31, 2010 | 04:21 PM

Read about you in Punch Newspaper and........I voted!
Wishing you all the best.

Report Abuse jimmy Abioro December 31, 2010 | 08:53 AM

All the best lola.......hope you make it there.....

Report Abuse Prince Akin-Ola Saheed December 31, 2010 | 06:08 AM

Wish u d best lola.

Report Abuse Mosaku Michael December 31, 2010 | 04:58 AM

GoodLuck Lola!!!

Report Abuse Tiwa Nwogu December 31, 2010 | 04:02 AM

Aralola, go for it!!!

Report Abuse Clara Taiwo Osobu-Ogunsemi December 31, 2010 | 12:30 AM

All the best! Keep us posted.

Report Abuse Abena Osei December 30, 2010 | 08:19 PM

Brrrrrr . . . layers, wear layers.

Report Abuse patrick andrew December 29, 2010 | 09:40 PM

hope you make it.....heard about you through waterwinetravel.com

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 29, 2010 | 09:02 PM

Tack så mycket Catarina!

And thanks to all my friends and support from across the globe - from Africa, Scandinavia, Asia, Europe, South America, USA, Canada. Thank you all for your continued support.

Please pass the link to friends/family/colleagues/networks/to anyone you feel can help. Every single vote counts.

Truly humbled by your generosity!
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Catarina Redisch December 29, 2010 | 08:55 PM

Lykke til! Hilsen Catarina i Norge :)

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 29, 2010 | 08:28 PM

Thank you all for your continued support and thanks to fellow contestants (Dean & Susana) for your votes as well. Will certainly reciprocate.

Please continue to spread the word. This is far from over and we need every single vote we can get to remain competitive and in the top 5.

Thanks every single one of you!!
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Dean Tatooles December 29, 2010 | 08:09 PM

Hi Lola, it's Dean Tatooles. I appreciate good people in this competition and am sending a vote your way! Feel free to return one if you would like. Best of luck in all your life's adventures. Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy New Year!

Report Abuse Susana Cabaço December 29, 2010 | 07:49 PM

Hi Lola!

You do have mine, of course :)
Would be glad if you brought at least one more, since my friend also voted for you, hehe

Cheers, all the best!

Report Abuse Tamunoibifiri Mobolaji-Kamson December 29, 2010 | 07:10 PM

Good luck I pray you succeed... I know one thing whatever we believe in our heart will come to pass

Report Abuse Bhatupe Mhango December 29, 2010 | 07:07 PM

You go, girl! with you all the way.

Report Abuse Henry Chigbo December 29, 2010 | 04:26 PM

Hi Lola,

I wish you all the best and hope you make it

Report Abuse Kiah Coleman December 29, 2010 | 04:12 PM

I voted for you, good luck.
----------------------------
Need daily votes for my daughter on Parents.com. http://photos.parents.com/category/vote/photo/655847

Please try to vote every day and you can share her page on Facebook page or via Twitter to get your friends to vote for her!

Report Abuse Uzo Agu December 29, 2010 | 12:05 PM

Hi Lola! I DEEPLY HOPE your make it .... :)

Report Abuse Nkiru Nwichi December 29, 2010 | 10:29 AM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Lara Akinmade December 29, 2010 | 10:13 AM

All the best dearie xxxLara

Report Abuse Kiru Taye December 29, 2010 | 07:52 AM

Voted. Goodluck Lola.

Report Abuse Jay Jordan December 28, 2010 | 06:43 PM

Hope you win. Mr Jay

Report Abuse Catia Oliveira December 28, 2010 | 06:33 PM

Good luck Lola! :)

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 28, 2010 | 04:29 PM

Thank you all for your continued support and your encouraging comments. Please continue to spread the word and pass the link on.

As a professional travel writer and travel blogger, I promise to provide engaging and vivid reports post by post of our expedition if selected, in addition to high quality photography as well; a complete package.

Every single vote matters and I'm continually humbled by your generosity.

Please pass the link on to others.
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:17 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:16 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:16 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:15 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:12 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:11 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:10 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:10 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Segun Oladapo December 28, 2010 | 04:08 PM

Dear Lola, your dream shall come true for God is on your side and all Nigerians back home, the north pole adventure is highly interesting and to those of us that love geography, travelling, history and science can't but encourage you at the same time wish you well. We hope to see you in your glory be a quality lady.

Report Abuse Nicky Ogunkunle December 28, 2010 | 02:31 PM

Good Luck!!!

Report Abuse Ruth Onaghinon December 28, 2010 | 11:10 AM

When I first read this, my reaction was "is this girl alrite? ALLLLL the way to the North Pole!!! 0_0". But then, I know what it is like to have a passion and its possible to achieve a high point in it. Just voted for you, I hope you make it. Cheers!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 28, 2010 | 01:50 AM

Yes you were Ifeanyi! We need to make Mr. Kayode proud.

Everyone - Thanks so much for your continued votes and support. Please continue to pass the link on to friends/family/everyone you think can help us

Every single vote counts and I'm truly grateful to all of you.
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Larry Carli December 28, 2010 | 01:49 AM

I voted for you, Lola. Good Luck!

Report Abuse ifeanyi okpor December 28, 2010 | 01:46 AM

all the best girl - i think i was also in that class.he he

Report Abuse Tolu Lawrence December 27, 2010 | 11:41 PM

Good luck!!!

Report Abuse Andrew Evans December 27, 2010 | 07:51 PM

Go Lola Go! Voting for you and spreading the word! Good luck!

Report Abuse Gbenga Adeniji December 27, 2010 | 07:29 PM

You deserve this vote, Lola.

Report Abuse Elisabeth Demir December 27, 2010 | 10:55 AM

Done :-), GOOD LUCK!!!!

Report Abuse Monica Maith December 27, 2010 | 04:56 AM

Have a blast at the North Pole! Smooches!

Report Abuse Marcus Benigno December 27, 2010 | 03:44 AM

voted :) good luck/happy holidays!

Report Abuse Olivia Mingus December 26, 2010 | 08:45 PM

Wishing you good luck!!!

Report Abuse tchoia brown December 26, 2010 | 02:59 PM

JUST VOTED. GOOD LUCK!

Report Abuse Deborah Cole December 26, 2010 | 02:58 PM

Thought I was the only earth and sun sister interested in seeking out the other side of the planet..great to see I'm in your amazing company! As we all cheer you on...sincerely hope and pray the Pole will soon be yours see and savor.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 26, 2010 | 01:50 PM

Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season and spending much needed quality time with friends and family.

Thanks for your continued support and please continue to pass the word around to. Every single one of your votes counts and means a lot to me.

From the bottom of my heart.
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Titilayo Omotosho December 26, 2010 | 01:19 AM

Good luck!!!

Report Abuse Grace Wang December 23, 2010 | 03:33 PM

All the best Lola. Love your work. Keep on pushing beyond the line! Can't wait to see how your imagination weaves at the top of the world.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 23, 2010 | 11:36 AM

Thanks everyone! Please keep spreading the word. We need as many votes as possible.

There isn't a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in this writing competition. Only the Top 5 qualify to the final judging round after Feb 15.

Thank you so much and keep passing the link on. Every single vote counts.
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Tam Mayor December 23, 2010 | 10:17 AM

For your dream, Lola :)

Report Abuse Michael Kueppers-Adebisi December 23, 2010 | 07:18 AM

Good Luck from Germany - Michael

Report Abuse Raymond Wilcox December 23, 2010 | 05:28 AM

Always a delight to see my country people doing amazing things. Go girl.

Report Abuse Nicole O'Connor December 23, 2010 | 02:34 AM

This was like soaking in a vivid painting, 'to infinity and beyond!' ((-:

Report Abuse Ann Arthur Andrew December 23, 2010 | 01:10 AM

Ann@waterwinetravel.com - You got my vote, good luck Lola!

Report Abuse Hansson Bjorn December 22, 2010 | 10:33 PM

So smooth Sweden isn't cold enough for you? So of course i'll do what i can to get you at trip to the north pole. Hope to see you in Lulea during christmas.

Report Abuse Rosalind Reese December 22, 2010 | 10:07 PM

You had my vote at the mention of North Pole. Have a wonderful holiday and I hope you get in a new, Scandinavian Christmas tree!

Report Abuse Tim Frentz December 22, 2010 | 09:05 PM

You got our vote from the Helping Hands Network:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frentzs-Helping-Hands/195296055618?ref=sgm

http://www.iclick2help.com/cause.asp?a=sponsor&id=102

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 22, 2010 | 08:56 PM

Thank you all for your continued support. Please pass the link on to friends/family/colleagues/anyone you feel can help. Every single vote counts and we need to keep the momentum. Thank you so much!

For those of you traveling despite these crazy snowstorms, I pray you all make it home safely to be with family this holiday season.

Merry Christmas everyone!
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Lorraine Bowes Fay December 22, 2010 | 01:12 AM

Voted for you. Pray you win, girl!!

Report Abuse Markus G December 21, 2010 | 08:06 PM

Voted! I hope you don't get cold feet...;-)
Viele Grüße from cold snowy Germany!

Report Abuse Nancy Aiello December 21, 2010 | 03:39 PM

Best of Luck and wish you all the best!
Ciao from Italy,
Nancy

Report Abuse Ty Taiwo December 21, 2010 | 03:21 PM

Gud luck. Cuz

Report Abuse Ty Taiwo December 21, 2010 | 03:20 PM

Sure u wld make it. Ty

Report Abuse Tracy Duong December 21, 2010 | 02:19 AM

good luck!

Report Abuse astrid sundgren December 20, 2010 | 09:05 PM

Good luck Lola and yes you can!!!!!

Report Abuse Damola Ogundele December 20, 2010 | 07:09 PM

Lola,you can do it...........Go for the trophy!!!!!!!

Report Abuse Damola Ogundele December 20, 2010 | 07:06 PM

I know,you;ve gat what it takes to win this contest..Nigerian's gat your back lola,we are are sure praying for you.YOU CAN DO IT......

Report Abuse Oluwakemi Adetula December 20, 2010 | 04:26 PM

Lola,I just voted.I like your write up.I pictured the scenario clearly.I already imagine the tales and pictures you'll tell and take when you win.
You amaze me with all your achievements.You are very intelligent,adventurous,optimistic and focused.There is no impossibility in your dictionary.We've got that in common.
Your parents are very proud of you I'm sure especially your dad.You've being able to prove that what a man can do,a woman can do much better.God willing,you will win this contest.I am proud to have you as a friend.

Report Abuse Remi Akinmade December 20, 2010 | 03:38 PM

Wish you all the best! Go giirrrlll!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 20, 2010 | 11:00 AM

Thank you so much for your support! Every single vote counts.

Please continue to spread the word and share this entry with all your friends/family/colleagues/anyone you feel can help
sustain our momentum.

We need as much honest votes as we can get. Please take a minute to pass this link on to at least 1 other person and tell them to pass it on.

Love you all and hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Sylvia Otu December 19, 2010 | 11:31 PM

Hi Lola go forth in the might and power of the almighty God.His grace is sufficient for you.You will surely make it in Jesus Name. I will all best.

Report Abuse Monica Williams December 18, 2010 | 04:03 PM

Looking forward to your wonderful photography!

Report Abuse LYNDA EFFIONG December 18, 2010 | 10:19 AM

Gladly voted!!Dearest Lola,i have always prayed for you to see this vision and you found it....i wish you all the best and look forward to you winning...cheers

Report Abuse Ifeoma Donna Onyekwena December 17, 2010 | 11:45 PM

I am inspired. You go girl!!! Take loads of pics cause you are on your way. . . . whooooooooooooooooooo!! Goodluck girl!!

Report Abuse Ola Akinmade December 17, 2010 | 08:24 PM

Go Aunty! Go Aunty! Victory chants from your two niece Pofunmi and Ikepo.The sky is below your limit. Go girl.
Lakunle Akinmade

Report Abuse James Stancil December 17, 2010 | 04:31 PM

Excellent essay and photography work. My son is currently running 5th in the competition under the entry titled "I'm No Robert Peary". He's a true adventurous spirit with emergency medical/LPN credentials. Should you ever need someone to be by your side to provide medical aid/comfort/assistance, well, he works cheap! Good luck to you in your quest to make the world a more accessible place.

Report Abuse MAYOWA FASONA December 17, 2010 | 03:38 PM

You re there already, look beyond your shoulders - Mayowa

Report Abuse GBENGA OLODUDE December 17, 2010 | 09:45 AM

I PRAY THAT GOD'S FAVOR WILL SEE YOU THROUGH. YOU WILL REACH THE GOAL IN JESUS' NAME.
GBENGA OLODUDE (REV)

Report Abuse Saina Osifade December 16, 2010 | 05:24 PM

Go Lola!

Report Abuse Dan McGrady December 16, 2010 | 03:26 PM

Voted for ya... may the north be with you.

Report Abuse Kirk McClurkin December 16, 2010 | 03:20 PM

Best of Luck!

Report Abuse Felicia Onuh December 16, 2010 | 02:57 PM

All the best! I pray u win!

Report Abuse James Harrington December 16, 2010 | 02:03 PM

Good Luck Lola!!!
All the best of wishes!!

Report Abuse Brenda Popillion December 16, 2010 | 01:59 PM

Good Luck, Lola.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 16, 2010 | 01:38 PM

Your generosity is overwhelming! Thank you all so much. Every single one of you. Your support means so much on so many levels. I'm truly touched and grateful.
Please keep sharing the link with friends/family/colleagues/your social networks. Every vote counts!
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Mitesh Joshi December 16, 2010 | 01:34 PM

Bon Voyage Lola!!

Report Abuse Preeti Yadav December 16, 2010 | 01:30 PM

Voted ! Vote #700 :) Good Luck Lola...
you'll have a 'super-cool' expedition!

Report Abuse Stephanie Barter December 16, 2010 | 01:28 PM

Voted. Good luck Lola!

Report Abuse tunde oni December 16, 2010 | 01:27 PM

NAIJA 4 REAL.We are very proud of you.'CARRY GO LOLA"

Report Abuse Angela Nkama December 16, 2010 | 09:18 AM

Make us proud....pwwweeetttyyyyyy!
love ya!!.;)

Report Abuse joseph onuche manuels December 16, 2010 | 09:05 AM

Go SIS,and goodluck

Report Abuse Temitope Magbagbeola December 16, 2010 | 07:54 AM

Make Nigeria proud.Best of luck.

Report Abuse Mary Shorun December 15, 2010 | 11:47 PM

Best of luck!!!!

Report Abuse Ingrid Morales December 15, 2010 | 04:16 PM

Good luck Lola. I love your work, it's awesome. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad :)!

Report Abuse Gbenga Oso December 15, 2010 | 12:39 PM

Next project, The Moon. All the best.

Report Abuse Kayode Otegbeye December 15, 2010 | 11:18 AM

Another Naija blood has been added to yours, so please make us proud. All the best.

Report Abuse Roberta Okereke December 15, 2010 | 11:15 AM

North Pole! way to go girl!

Report Abuse Az'ure Ps December 15, 2010 | 11:13 AM

All the best :)

Report Abuse Ferdinand Enebe December 15, 2010 | 08:40 AM

All the best and enjoy ur self

Report Abuse Victor Akoma-Philips December 15, 2010 | 08:34 AM

Hey girl! So proud of you... Way to GO.......

Report Abuse Yinka Aj December 15, 2010 | 03:23 AM

Just voted! Rooting for you to get it ! Onward...

Report Abuse Dele Adelaja December 14, 2010 | 11:29 PM

Voted, best of luck! you can thank your sister...this cost her dearly!

Report Abuse Akinwumi Ilori December 14, 2010 | 09:30 PM

Voted...Good luck!

Report Abuse olu Oru December 14, 2010 | 08:30 PM

Hey Cuz,
Hope you win 'cause it's so up your alley madam globe trotter :)
Buks

Report Abuse Globe Trekker December 14, 2010 | 07:09 PM

Good luck Lola! Happy holidays and Happy Travels :)

Report Abuse Buki Ademefun December 14, 2010 | 05:49 PM

All the best

Report Abuse John Libby December 14, 2010 | 04:12 PM

Voted. Please keep us posted - we'd like to mention your progress in our spring alumni magazine.

Regards,
John

Report Abuse Bernice Grossman December 14, 2010 | 02:27 PM

Bernice Grossman December 12, 2010 9:30 a.m.
Looking forward to hearing great things from your experiences Good Luck Lola.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 14, 2010 | 02:20 PM

Thank you every one! Please continue to spread the word. Every single vote counts. I need you. Every one of you.
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Kwaku Effah December 14, 2010 | 01:04 PM

Go Lola!

Report Abuse Olusola Lapite December 14, 2010 | 11:23 AM

Lola, i wish you the best of luck. I just voted

Report Abuse Chike Madueke December 14, 2010 | 11:04 AM

Chike Madueke

Goodluck to you Lola. May your dream come true.

Mr. Maduks

Report Abuse Tom Kelsey December 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM

Good luck from Stockholm!

Report Abuse Rukayat Salami December 14, 2010 | 03:22 AM

U go girl! just voted :)

Report Abuse Ola Oluwa Tomi December 14, 2010 | 02:30 AM

All the very best!

Report Abuse Melissa Hedge December 14, 2010 | 02:25 AM

Voted for you Lola! Hoping your dream comes true!

Report Abuse Edikan Bassey December 14, 2010 | 02:22 AM

wish u well Lola...please don't 4get 2 take a heater with u! lolo

Report Abuse Margaret Goodlin December 14, 2010 | 01:31 AM

Go, LOLA!!
Margaret Goodlin

Report Abuse tolu olumide December 13, 2010 | 11:59 PM

Voted! Good Luck!!

Report Abuse Otondo Blogger December 13, 2010 | 09:12 PM

Here's hoping your dream comes true.

Report Abuse phil mogavero December 13, 2010 | 08:39 PM

Good Luck Lola!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 13, 2010 | 08:03 PM

Thank you all so much for your votes so far! Please keep spreading the word and the link to this entry. Every single one of you is important and every single vote counts.
Lots of love,

Lola

Report Abuse Ranti Okunoren December 13, 2010 | 06:47 PM

Best wishes Lola!

Report Abuse Dr. Samson Omotosho December 13, 2010 | 06:23 PM

Voted...spreading the word....and rooting for you! Best of luck!!!

Report Abuse A C December 13, 2010 | 05:44 PM

best of luck!
Andrea

Report Abuse Ade Adewole December 13, 2010 | 05:41 PM

Voted. All the best!

Report Abuse Joseph Don December 13, 2010 | 05:26 PM

Good luck. I hope your bid is successful

Report Abuse Sade Fawehinmi December 13, 2010 | 04:38 PM

Best of Luck Lola!

Report Abuse Ritse Erumi December 13, 2010 | 03:41 PM

North Pole or Bust! Go Lola Go! :)

Report Abuse Vipin Villgran December 13, 2010 | 02:41 PM

Good Luck Lola!!!

Report Abuse Peju Adenusi December 13, 2010 | 02:12 PM

Wishing you the very best. God be with you Lola.

Report Abuse Godson Ogheneochuko December 13, 2010 | 12:42 PM

Wish you the best and pray you make it

Report Abuse Peju Ugboma December 13, 2010 | 12:24 PM

Voted Lola! I wish you all the best

Report Abuse Maureen Jenkins December 13, 2010 | 12:13 PM

How cool, Lola! I'll share this with friends and UrbanTravelGirl readers and HOPEFULLY get you to the Arctic! Maureen

Report Abuse Bisola Awosika December 13, 2010 | 11:39 AM

Voted!Good luck Lola.

Report Abuse mabel okiro December 13, 2010 | 07:52 AM

Lola, I wish you the very best! Naija needs more people like you! You are an inspiration.

Report Abuse Bede Ndokwu December 13, 2010 | 07:16 AM

voted

Report Abuse Yvonne Victor-Olomu December 13, 2010 | 07:05 AM

Lolaaa!! Wish you the best. I've always known you had the knack for extreme adventure.

Report Abuse Stephanie Prisell von Ohain December 12, 2010 | 10:15 PM

Hi Lola, I just voted and I wish you the best! Keep me posted. Blessings, Stephanie

Report Abuse Tayo Alabi December 12, 2010 | 10:01 PM

Lola wish you the best just voted, we need to get Badorians to vote

Report Abuse Kamal Giwa December 12, 2010 | 09:46 PM

Voted! Good luck as you go North Lola!

Report Abuse Adewumi Adebayo December 12, 2010 | 08:42 PM

We deserve the best. We've got what it takes. Best wishes Lola

Report Abuse Sara Schüldt December 12, 2010 | 07:25 PM

Klart du ska dit! Polen nästa!

Report Abuse Tomas Gertonsson December 12, 2010 | 07:08 PM

Håller tummarna! tomas

Report Abuse Tamer Nazmy December 12, 2010 | 07:02 PM

Good Luck Lola.. goooo !!! :)

Report Abuse jennifer oshodi December 12, 2010 | 05:35 PM

Sifo I don vote for your friend o; Good luck ore Sifo

Report Abuse Colleen Carney-Pilsbury December 12, 2010 | 03:04 PM

voted #538.

Report Abuse Damilola Mofikoya December 12, 2010 | 02:55 PM

Lola, i don vote ooo.
No shaking, wetin dem don c, na u biko!!!!
NORTH POLE...carry go!!! lol

Report Abuse Adanna Oji December 12, 2010 | 10:07 AM

It took me forever to find u on here. Mayb cos I was using my phone :) but I made it. Vote #532 baby. Goodluck girl !!

Report Abuse Simi Bamgbala December 12, 2010 | 09:10 AM

I,ve done my lil bit, wishing you all the best.... Fingers crossed for the fab pic's and write up that will follow.

Report Abuse Sifo Ijewere December 12, 2010 | 08:04 AM

I am voter 527 :) Lets send you up North!

Report Abuse Skye Amajoh December 12, 2010 | 07:47 AM

Just voted...!All the best

Report Abuse Toyosi Olukoya December 12, 2010 | 02:32 AM

wishing yhu Gods best...I pray you do win so dat at least I can get maybe an autograph and a gift from Santa Claus whom they say lives there!!! takia

Report Abuse Peggy Llewellyn December 12, 2010 | 12:28 AM

I told you I would go vote!
Go LOLA!!!

Report Abuse Kehinde Talabi December 11, 2010 | 09:40 PM

Voted! All the best!!

Report Abuse MaryAnne Oxendale December 11, 2010 | 09:33 PM

Voted! Good luck!

Report Abuse Segun Fakuyi December 11, 2010 | 05:32 PM

If (and actually when) Lola does go to the North Pole, that'll be one more positive story for Nigeria! Wish you all the Best Lola!

Report Abuse Abiola Fasina December 11, 2010 | 02:52 PM

Voted! Good luck Lola

Report Abuse Shannon Lane December 11, 2010 | 01:35 PM

Voted and shared it on FB. Hope you make it!

Report Abuse stacy schnieber December 11, 2010 | 01:34 PM

Voted for you, Lola! Good luck!!

Report Abuse Esther Mwakitalu December 11, 2010 | 12:23 PM

Dear Lola,

Wishing you all the best.Esther, mama's friend.

Report Abuse Jumoke Lawuyi December 11, 2010 | 07:53 AM

You are meant to soar like the Eagle. Thank God you are not accepting anything less. Best of luck.
Jumoke Lawuyi

Report Abuse Henry , Oluwarotimi Adenigba December 11, 2010 | 06:28 AM

Lola you are meant for the top and on top you shall be since your aim is to get to the top , North Pole is your beginning BE THERE!

Report Abuse Kun Lito December 11, 2010 | 04:25 AM

I wanna c u north poling. You are numero dos, so get your votes up! I would rather see a polar bear than flying roaches, so be sure to put Africa on the map!

Report Abuse Alpha Bennett December 10, 2010 | 11:46 PM

Hi Lola, Voted for you, I know you will make it. Alpha

Report Abuse Ronke Kayode December 10, 2010 | 11:44 PM

Voted or u, hope your dream comes true!!!!
All the besy

Report Abuse Candace Rardon December 10, 2010 | 09:39 PM

So excited for you, Lola! :)

Report Abuse Sandra Kennedy December 10, 2010 | 07:59 PM

Voted for you! You deserve this award. I was with you on National Writing Month and was impressed with your hard. work.
Good luck and all the best,
Sandra

Report Abuse Ronald Butcher December 10, 2010 | 07:11 PM

Another incredible adventure. Sounds like it will be a blast. Stay warm and drink lots of hot chocolate.

Report Abuse Julia Browne December 10, 2010 | 06:14 PM

Lola, can't wait to read your entries (will you be able to keep your fingers from shaking with cold???) and take in your photos. Go, brave lady!

Report Abuse Femi A December 10, 2010 | 05:56 PM

Hi Lola..this is Daddy. I'm supporting your vote with my heart. Best of luck!!!

Report Abuse Jessica Goto December 10, 2010 | 05:47 PM

good luck! You are awesome!

Report Abuse olatunde Aremu December 10, 2010 | 05:09 PM

Olatunde Aremu,

All the best!

Report Abuse Melissa Adams December 10, 2010 | 05:06 PM

Go Lola! Can't wait to read your reports about your Polar Express. Good luck.

Report Abuse sike Aremu December 10, 2010 | 05:04 PM

Sike Aremu

Voted. Lola wishing you all the best

Report Abuse Rashidat Akinyemi December 10, 2010 | 02:46 PM

I voted. I wish you the best. You are amazing.

Report Abuse Ratna Kaneria December 10, 2010 | 02:20 PM

Lola! This is Kay's friend and workmate. I sit right across from her at the office. She's been wonderful to send me links to some of your photographs and articles. I truly admire and respect your work. Wishing you the best always :)

Report Abuse Kay Akinmade December 10, 2010 | 02:19 PM

Best of luck, Lola! I'm definitely rooting for you all the way!
Keep 'em votes coming!
:)

Report Abuse Namita Waikar December 10, 2010 | 01:47 PM

All the best! Make it to the top of the list and top of the world!

Report Abuse peggy john December 10, 2010 | 11:18 AM

On your way to number 1 yeah!!! best of luck Lola.

Report Abuse Peju Jinadu December 10, 2010 | 10:48 AM

Hey lola voted 4 u hope u get it. Naija girls rock

Report Abuse Esse Oghene December 10, 2010 | 08:04 AM

Voted you. Tope says you've been wanting to do this forever so we hope you win... Can't wait to see the photos and read your blog.

Report Abuse Kate Kolett December 10, 2010 | 04:29 AM

Stay warm, have fun!

Report Abuse Lola Banjo December 10, 2010 | 03:38 AM

Hello Lola, Voted.. :) I love your drive xx

Report Abuse Ebele Mogo December 10, 2010 | 02:30 AM

Voted! I sure hope you make it:) Best!

Report Abuse Funke Owolabi December 10, 2010 | 01:42 AM

Voted! All the best! It my dream to be a travel blogger too!

Report Abuse Evan Wilder December 10, 2010 | 12:28 AM

Best of luck to you, Lola.

Report Abuse Maria Rueger December 10, 2010 | 12:25 AM

I voted! Goodluck!

Report Abuse GERMAINE THOMAS December 09, 2010 | 11:39 PM

You got my vote, Sis!

Report Abuse Obiora Obidike December 09, 2010 | 11:16 PM

Wishing you every success with this Lola!

Report Abuse Nubian Gbile December 09, 2010 | 10:18 PM

I voted goodluck.

Report Abuse Nubian Gbile December 09, 2010 | 10:17 PM

Goodluck Lola!... go get them..:-)

Report Abuse Chiara Fatarella December 09, 2010 | 09:47 PM

uauh! go Lola!good luck, Chiara

Report Abuse Lekan Lawal December 09, 2010 | 09:38 PM

Good luck, hope my vote counts.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 09, 2010 | 09:31 PM

Thank you all so much for your continued support! Every single one of you is important and your vote means a lot to me. Please spread the news and pass this link on to friends, family, and your other social networks as well.
Sincerely,

Lola

Report Abuse Olumide Odesina December 09, 2010 | 09:29 PM

Good Luck!

Report Abuse Mike Collins December 09, 2010 | 09:02 PM

No one can do it better! Button up, keep warm and have a great time.

Report Abuse laura lee December 09, 2010 | 08:54 PM

You have my vote Lola!!!! Good Luck xo

Report Abuse Karen Cattran December 09, 2010 | 08:41 PM

Voted. Good luck! The Cattrans

Report Abuse ridwan olayemi December 09, 2010 | 07:54 PM

voted! Inspire the world

Report Abuse Bunmi Akinmade December 09, 2010 | 07:28 PM

Voted. Go on Lola, make us proud!

Report Abuse Lara Dunston December 09, 2010 | 05:55 PM

Voted! Best of luck, Lola! x

Report Abuse Chika Uzoigwe December 09, 2010 | 04:49 PM

Just voted, go make us proud girl!

Report Abuse Kenneth Asiegbu December 09, 2010 | 03:34 PM

Go girl...it's u or no one else

Report Abuse Victor David December 09, 2010 | 02:19 PM

go guarl na u get am,nofin do u

Report Abuse judy effiong December 09, 2010 | 01:22 PM

jUST vOTED.gO cUZ!wISH U d bEST.

Report Abuse C I Nwanze December 09, 2010 | 01:18 PM

Officially Voted - Wishing you the best Lola!

Report Abuse Ajah Paul December 09, 2010 | 12:24 PM

wish all d best

Report Abuse Dee Deedee December 09, 2010 | 12:19 PM

Voted! Fingers crossed now....Good luck!!
Naijamum
http://naijamuminlondon.blogspot.com/

Report Abuse Temitope Ogundipe December 09, 2010 | 09:35 AM

VOTED! wish u the best babes.

Report Abuse Cynthia Ajuwa December 09, 2010 | 06:18 AM

Hello Lola,

I voted for you. I read about this contest on bellanaija and decided to come here, create an account and vote for you. Wishing you all the best and good luck!

Report Abuse Tunde Ojewola December 09, 2010 | 06:09 AM

All the best dear.

Report Abuse Shannon O'Donnell December 09, 2010 | 02:18 AM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Alex Uher December 09, 2010 | 01:26 AM

Voted!!! Go LOLA! This is amazing, and you're doing great

Report Abuse glenn johnson December 09, 2010 | 01:17 AM

Can I come with you and climb some of those icebergs? :)

Report Abuse Joshua Johnson December 09, 2010 | 01:17 AM

GO TEAM LOLA!!

Report Abuse Ms Israel Benedicta Osagie December 09, 2010 | 01:02 AM

Lola, this is Akinbo and Segun's Mommy. I saw your Mom's request that we support you on my Facebook portal and truly, what choice do we have? I think this is a grand thing you are doing and wish you God's speed and success. God bless always. All my love....Aunty Dewunmi

Report Abuse Zainab Imam December 08, 2010 | 11:58 PM

Wishing all the best!!

Report Abuse Julie Ried December 08, 2010 | 11:49 PM

Awesome!

Report Abuse Fúnlólá Àdùnní December 08, 2010 | 11:01 PM

Voted for you, good luck and make us proud!

Report Abuse James Fynch December 08, 2010 | 07:17 PM

Hi Lolly, just voted. Wish you the very best

Report Abuse Zemaye O. December 08, 2010 | 06:38 PM

You are such a star lady...win away!

Report Abuse ruth akinoso December 08, 2010 | 06:27 PM

all the best.. do keep us informed

Report Abuse Eric Hrnicek December 08, 2010 | 06:23 PM

Good luck and best wishes!

Report Abuse Enilolobo Solomon December 08, 2010 | 05:56 PM

Go Girl you are one of us.love you.

Report Abuse Banky Banjo December 08, 2010 | 04:42 PM

you already made us proud.. now go get it

Report Abuse Morenike Akerele December 08, 2010 | 04:31 PM

Voted. You go girl!

Report Abuse akinola bennie December 08, 2010 | 02:21 PM

all d very best mami

Report Abuse Bilqees Adeokin December 08, 2010 | 02:17 PM

all d best

Report Abuse Lade Salami December 08, 2010 | 02:11 PM

Good luck x

Report Abuse John Lyon December 08, 2010 | 01:18 PM

Good luck, Lola!!!!

Report Abuse Jason Collins December 08, 2010 | 01:17 PM

Best of luck to you, Lola!

Report Abuse Ayandipe Oluseyi December 08, 2010 | 11:53 AM

lola just finish voting for you naw, I hope u r still gonna have enough voting...wishing tha best of luck.

Report Abuse Lanre Oyedotun December 08, 2010 | 11:53 AM

Voted. God Speed to the North Pole.

Report Abuse Benedict Onyesom December 08, 2010 | 11:49 AM

You have my vote for your determination.

Report Abuse Tope Akinmade December 08, 2010 | 11:22 AM

Naija no dey carry last!!!!

Keep voting people and spread the word...lets get the green-white-green flag to the North Pole!!!

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 08, 2010 | 11:20 AM

Thank you all so much for your votes! I'm extremely humbled! Every single vote counts so please spread the news. Thanks!!

Report Abuse Modupe Okusami Famakinwa December 08, 2010 | 10:50 AM

Hope you win. Send some snow from the north pole :)

Report Abuse Abimbola Tanimowo December 08, 2010 | 10:00 AM

I just Voted Lola and i know that God's special grace which has been upon you all these while, will grant you success. All the best.

Report Abuse olusegun adebo December 08, 2010 | 09:37 AM

Voted, Good Luck

Report Abuse CHIKA OKOH December 08, 2010 | 09:23 AM

VOTED. CHASE THAT DREAM DEAR!!!

Report Abuse Shaw Adedeji December 08, 2010 | 08:58 AM

Uve got my vote.. Make us proud!

Report Abuse Az Adeg' December 08, 2010 | 08:46 AM

i've voted and may u win
wish u d BEST OF LUCK.
GOD pls, let her win this, cos we need our mark
thnx

Report Abuse Wole Samuel December 08, 2010 | 08:45 AM

Wole Samuel
Voted. You're already position for the best among equals.

Report Abuse Omonye Ukpoma December 08, 2010 | 08:01 AM

Voted!
Good luck Lola :-)

Report Abuse Rhonda Rice December 08, 2010 | 05:56 AM

I've been to Finland every year for the past 10 years. Cold is good. Artic is another thing! Voted. Good luck and hats off to you! Actually, keep that hat on. You're going to need it at the North Pole for sure :-)

Report Abuse Alex Umole December 08, 2010 | 05:21 AM

Win! For you its natural.

Report Abuse Synolve Craft December 08, 2010 | 02:15 AM

Hi Lola! Janice aka @shychi_travels told me to come vote for you so I RAN right over!!! Send pics once you win to @synolve!

Report Abuse Greg Gross December 07, 2010 | 11:27 PM

I know you'll look wonderful in frost!

Report Abuse Yane Kumbin December 07, 2010 | 10:30 PM

Get 'em girl! ¡buena suerte!

Report Abuse Tsola Emiko December 07, 2010 | 08:50 PM

(singing) I got vote for Goodluck Jonah....
Na d best man we need, to make thing succeed oh waaaahhhh!!!!
My friend Jonah (Jonathan)
Your friend Jonah (Jonathan)

Or if u prefer Mo Hits: Don Jazzy for President. D'Banj for Governor. I am the LEFtenant :)
Ok, I'll stop.
GOODLUCK!! Bon Chance!!!

Report Abuse Ndudi Familusi December 07, 2010 | 08:41 PM

i voted for u hope u win

Report Abuse Elizabeth Hansen December 07, 2010 | 08:34 PM

I voted. Hope you get there! Best wishes, Elizabeth Hansen

Report Abuse Ibironke Omolayo December 07, 2010 | 08:10 PM

GO FOR IT!!!! all the very best

Report Abuse Idowu Akinde December 07, 2010 | 07:46 PM

Hi Lola (my former schoolmate),

Wish you all the best in your endeavours. Cheers!

Report Abuse Tunde Adebanjo December 07, 2010 | 06:56 PM

All the best Lola!!!

Report Abuse Abiola Ogunyemi December 07, 2010 | 06:53 PM

Just voted! hope you have a blast when confirmed the winner.

Report Abuse Temiloluwa Adebayo December 07, 2010 | 06:02 PM

All the best Lola!!! I have just voted for you!

Report Abuse Teddy Phillips December 07, 2010 | 05:44 PM

I hope u win hun ((hug))

Report Abuse obi igwe December 07, 2010 | 05:06 PM

You're on your way to the North Pole already! Hopefully other BN readers will vote too.

Report Abuse Anne-Sophie Redisch December 07, 2010 | 04:57 PM

Voted! Feels like the North Pole here, actually. In Sweden too, I imagine. So it won't be that different when you go :)

Report Abuse Greg Hubbs December 07, 2010 | 04:01 PM

Voted. Lola, you simply have to go the North Pole. Otherwise we will miss yet more of your great photography, as taste of which we saw recently in your piece on Scandinavia in the winter. The land deserves to be seen and documented via your very subtle eye. Just don't forget your cameras...

Good luck!

Report Abuse Renata Martins December 07, 2010 | 03:51 PM

Voted. Good luck

Report Abuse Gbenga Awomodu December 07, 2010 | 03:47 PM

You got my Vote Lola! :) I definitely would love to see you there and view the North Pole from your lens. Cheers!!

http://gbengaawomodu.wordpress.com

Report Abuse April JoAli December 07, 2010 | 03:42 PM

Just voted, all the best!! Santa is from there right?. I f yes pls tell him I love him, I want a job, a better job for my B.F, a blackberry fone, happiness, good health and joy for the next year for me and fam but if not ooh well..

Report Abuse Olaperi Onipede December 07, 2010 | 03:39 PM

Just voted for you....good luck! Geography was also my favorite subject in school.

Report Abuse Evelyn Hannon December 07, 2010 | 02:44 PM

Just voted for one of my favorite Journey Women;-) Good luck, Lola!

Report Abuse Michael Lynch December 07, 2010 | 02:32 PM

Lola,
I'm on drugs right now but voted anyway once I figured out how! Good luck, Gal and bring back aton of Jump Shot Pictures, OK?

Report Abuse Marie Vanasse December 07, 2010 | 02:27 PM

Good luck Lola! Sounds like an amazing experience, but there is nothing I hate more than the cold except cold AND wind. Take a snuggie.

Report Abuse Doyin Ogun December 07, 2010 | 02:26 PM

Lola, I would probably never make it to the North Pole but it would be a big pleasure to know that my tiny quota inched you closer to your dream. Have a great trip and as always keep the picture coming. God be with you. Amen

Report Abuse Remi Akinmade December 07, 2010 | 01:46 PM

I already entrusted you to God so let God's will be done. Wish you good-luck

Remi Akinmade

Report Abuse Deji Arije December 07, 2010 | 06:24 AM

Lola, have a safe trip. i guess i should hope that u are picked for the trip 1st.

What will the temperature be like there? -100degrees? bring back lovely pictures too.

Report Abuse Ayun Halliday December 07, 2010 | 04:14 AM

Tell Santa that I love him, but that next year, I'd really appreciate it if he'd keep xmas in the bag til AFTER Thanksgiving!

Report Abuse Barbara Akinmade December 07, 2010 | 02:49 AM

Voted, hope you make it, have a wonderful Christmas

Report Abuse Jools Stone December 07, 2010 | 02:06 AM

gOOD LUCK lOLA, NOT THAT YOU NEED IT BY THE LOOK OF THINGS!

Report Abuse lola oshuns December 06, 2010 | 10:28 PM

I vote for you all the way cos I know you will bring incredible reports back......i wish you the best

Report Abuse Chika Oyinlade December 06, 2010 | 08:21 PM

All the best Lola!!

Report Abuse Charyn Pfeuffer December 06, 2010 | 09:56 AM

Woo hoo! What a cool contest! Voted and will spread the word social media APB style. Hope you win - what an amazing opportunity!

Report Abuse Ama Bassey-Fynch December 06, 2010 | 09:07 AM

Just voted. All the best dear.

Report Abuse Akin Akingbola December 06, 2010 | 08:00 AM

Good luck Lola!

Report Abuse Daniel Nahabedian December 06, 2010 | 03:39 AM

Good luck Lola!

Report Abuse Adeola Chukwumah December 06, 2010 | 01:38 AM

I hope you win! Can you plant a Naija flag there?:)

Report Abuse kathie berens December 06, 2010 | 12:50 AM

World travels to you Lola!

Report Abuse Renelda M December 06, 2010 | 12:28 AM

I send blessing your way hope you win

Report Abuse Mfon Ekpo December 05, 2010 | 11:15 PM

You have al 5 of my votes. you go girl! * shivering at the thought of the cold *

Report Abuse Amadou M. Sall December 05, 2010 | 11:04 PM

I've just voted and I'm sure you'll make it :-)

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 05, 2010 | 09:36 PM

Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart! Your continued support means the world to me and I'm humbled and grateful. Thank you!

Report Abuse 'Tunji Sarumi December 05, 2010 | 09:07 PM

Voted. Good luck

Report Abuse Tolu Ogunlesi December 05, 2010 | 09:05 PM

You have my vote Lola! All best wishes!

Report Abuse Amy Lawson December 05, 2010 | 06:54 PM

All voted out, very best of luck im very jealous, sounds incredible! Hope you are well!! :)

Report Abuse Bosede Akeredolu December 05, 2010 | 05:10 PM

Hey lola, all the best. Hope ur dream comes true. Take care dear.

Report Abuse Andi Perullo December 05, 2010 | 04:47 PM

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

Report Abuse Aleta Leigh December 05, 2010 | 04:25 PM

Wow, what an epic opportunity!
Best of luck to you Lola & I wish you many great epiphanies at the pole--

Report Abuse Ade Doyin Meleki December 05, 2010 | 04:11 PM

good luck cuz...all the best...live your dreams let nothing get in the way....

Report Abuse Bunmi Akinmade December 05, 2010 | 03:25 PM

Voted. 'Frigid waves will trash against the ice breaker, intimidating yet slowly guiding us north'....what!!!!rather you than me seeing you're so passionate about it. I pray you win the prize.

Report Abuse Marilyn Terrell December 05, 2010 | 01:49 PM

Lola at the North Pole? Yes!

Report Abuse Adetutu Ademefun December 05, 2010 | 11:40 AM

Lola

I wish you all the very best. Tutu

Report Abuse neha puntambekar December 05, 2010 | 10:35 AM

Voted. Good luck Lola!

Report Abuse Angela Corrias December 05, 2010 | 08:07 AM

+1! Good luck!!

Report Abuse Mauie Hernando December 05, 2010 | 03:19 AM

Already voted! Hope you win! :)

Report Abuse Adrianne George December 05, 2010 | 01:38 AM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Eileen Smith December 05, 2010 | 01:35 AM

I'd love to hear it straight from your mouth (fingertips!). Voted!

Report Abuse Kimberly Morrison December 04, 2010 | 11:47 PM

Fingers crossed for you!

Report Abuse Nora Dunn December 04, 2010 | 11:46 PM

You go girl! Can't wait to read your stories from the top of the world.

Report Abuse Mary Adeniyi December 04, 2010 | 11:26 PM

GOOD LUCK!!!!! I love the descriptive of "Mom casually tossed her black scarf over her shoulder, sunglasses resting on her face." I could totally picture her doing that, lol.

Report Abuse nikki lao December 04, 2010 | 11:13 PM

Gal, u get liver..as we say in Naija. LOL!! but sure sounds like a great pool of fun. i hope u get this so we can see all the great pictures from that end. much love!!

Report Abuse Jessie Voigts December 04, 2010 | 06:38 PM

voted, lola - GOOD Luck! i love your entry. i might have asked the camper people to move... ;)

Report Abuse Jack Norell December 04, 2010 | 06:02 PM

Cheers, you got my vote. Good luck!

Report Abuse Greg Gross December 04, 2010 | 05:35 PM

I'll have the hot tea and brandy ready for you when you get back!

Report Abuse Abimbola Alawaye-Sarumi December 04, 2010 | 05:00 PM

Voted! Good luck Lola

Report Abuse Rita George-Adefisan December 04, 2010 | 04:28 PM

Best of luck Lola!

Report Abuse Adetomiwa Oguntade Egbewumi December 04, 2010 | 04:02 PM

Done Sis. All da best!

Report Abuse Adrijani Lim December 04, 2010 | 01:06 PM

Voted for you, good luck Lola!!

Report Abuse Adrienne Abiodun December 04, 2010 | 04:58 AM

My vote is in Lola! Best of luck. I really do hope you get to scream that you are a long way from Africa. :}

Report Abuse Voralak Suwanvanichkij December 04, 2010 | 02:58 AM

Good luck, Lola! :)

Report Abuse Renee King December 04, 2010 | 12:47 AM

Hi Lola,
You've got my vote. Good luck and I hope that you win!

Report Abuse Alina Rădulescu December 03, 2010 | 06:44 PM

Good luck, Lola! You have all my support!

Report Abuse Angie Cao December 03, 2010 | 06:23 PM

Voted, good Luck Lola!

Report Abuse Omolayo Ajanaku-Egbetola December 03, 2010 | 04:34 PM

I voted for you! All the best on this great expedition

Report Abuse Ify Ofulue December 03, 2010 | 02:07 PM

Here's hoping we get you there Lola. Your travelblogging is such a treat for someone with too little flexibility to travel widely and often.

Report Abuse Kitty Pope December 03, 2010 | 08:46 AM

Hi Lola,
I voted. Good luck. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Kitty

Report Abuse Oluwaseyi Oguntubo December 03, 2010 | 07:44 AM

Voted Lola, i really hope you win and come back with loads of pictures, which i bet you'd blog about.

Report Abuse Nick Rowlands December 03, 2010 | 06:20 AM

Wicked stuff, Lola!

Report Abuse Heidi Riffle December 03, 2010 | 03:26 AM

You look great! Best of luck! I know you will do great!

Report Abuse Julie Galante December 02, 2010 | 10:42 PM

Go Lola!

Report Abuse Joshua Johnson December 02, 2010 | 09:43 PM

woooot!

Can't wait to see your gorgeous smile beaming from the North Pole! Say hi to Santa for me and remind him I have been pretty good this year, better than last year at least!

Report Abuse Babs Oh December 02, 2010 | 06:44 PM

All the Best Lola!

Report Abuse Eleanor Matthews December 02, 2010 | 06:13 PM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Dylan Thomas December 02, 2010 | 04:47 PM

One more vote the the Nigerian Dynamo. Really hope you get to make the trip, Lola. I can hardly wait to read about chilly toes, frosty cheeks, and childhood dreams come true.

Report Abuse Scott Skinner December 02, 2010 | 04:40 PM

Good luck Lola! Hope you have a close encounter with a polar bear...but not TOO close. ;)

Report Abuse Kristin Conard December 02, 2010 | 03:59 PM

Voted! Good luck!!!

Report Abuse OneBrown Girl December 02, 2010 | 03:49 PM

Go Lola!

Report Abuse Heather Carreiro December 02, 2010 | 03:21 PM

What a cool contest!

Report Abuse Theresa Blackinton December 02, 2010 | 02:22 PM

You've got my vote. Good luck!

Report Abuse Oluwakemi Adetula December 02, 2010 | 01:57 PM

No Shaking,Aralola.You'll make it to the top.I'm voting for you.

Report Abuse Kiratiana Freelon December 02, 2010 | 01:32 PM

Hope you make it!!

Report Abuse TINA ANTAI December 02, 2010 | 08:33 AM

Good luck Lola, I hope you win.

Report Abuse Candice Walsh December 02, 2010 | 02:53 AM

Voted!

Report Abuse allen torres December 02, 2010 | 02:21 AM

I'm excited and sold, when do we go? :) Great job!

Report Abuse Lisa Perry December 02, 2010 | 12:22 AM

Would love to see you there, Lola! Take lots of pictures for your 'ol rugger fans around the world. :-)

Report Abuse Sandy Allen December 01, 2010 | 10:57 PM

I love the vision of fluffy white polar bears and corduroy brown walruses. Good luck!

Report Abuse Craig Martin December 01, 2010 | 10:55 PM

Lola's a fantastic candidate! Her photography has graced the cover of our indie travel magazine and our award-winning website. Go Lola! http://indietravelpodcast.com/

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 01, 2010 | 10:33 PM

Thanks so much for your support guys!

Report Abuse Nancy Harder December 01, 2010 | 09:45 PM

Voted! :) Would love to see you make it there!

Report Abuse David Cogswell December 01, 2010 | 09:27 PM

Go Lo! Best of luck!

Report Abuse Bonnie Tribbett Key December 01, 2010 | 08:52 PM

Voted. Awesome Lola. Here's hoping the prize is yours.

Report Abuse Lola Akinmade December 01, 2010 | 08:11 PM

Thanks Tim!

Report Abuse Tim Patterson December 01, 2010 | 07:44 PM

Voted! Hope you make it, Lola.