Lola’s love for global exploration began at an early age and has never ceded. She has lived in 4 countries and since 2010, has traveled to over 60 countries and counting, in addition to 46 of the 50 United States.
Her love for exploring the world is well intertwined with her love for photography and her penchant for learning new things, as well as her professional interests in Global Business, International Relations, Emerging Market Economies (with a focus on Africa) and the role Education and Finance can play in the enhancement of lives.
She holds a B.S. in Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Economics from Rutgers University – School of Engineering, a M.S. in Financial Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Risk Management from NYU – School of Engineering, a MBA in Strategy, Finance and Decision Sciences from Emory University – Goizueta Business School. In addition, she has been opportuned to study at some of the most prestigious business universities in the world including Fundação_Getúlio_Vargas School of Management in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany and Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
She currently resides in New York City and is a Strategy Consulting Executive at a major Global Consulting firm working with the C-Suite of top global organizations to improve their bottom line and execute on their business strategy.
Outside of travel, her other areas of interest include youth development, international economics, education, the arts (and in particularly, visual arts), automobile design and engineering and sports. She is an avid fan of the New York Yankees (baseball), New York Giants (American football), Manchester United (soccer/football) and soccer/football in general. She enjoys, and gloriously recollects her athletic days of playing soccer/football, running track and boxing.
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Hi, I’m Lola. Pleasure to make your (virtual) acquaintance : ).
I am Brooklyn born and globally bred. Business professional in a suit by day, Ninja by night (not really). I live life passionately and colorfully through photography, art, sports, cars, fashion and finance. And as you probably have guessed, I love to travel ;-).
I have a natural curiosity and a love for adventure, cultures, languages, arts and photography that spurs me to want to be a real life “Lola the explorer“. Travel to me is like an adrenaline rush that I can’t quite get enough of, or explain in words. There’s no feeling quite like the feeling of “get up and go“. An exotic island here, ancient ruins there, modern architecture next – there’s no better feeling than being there, in person, soaking it all in. Be it solo, with friends/family or a significant other… like Nike, I just do it!
I have been to a number of places, but I consider myself only just getting started. When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was an Atlas my parents bought for my brother and I. In fact, I read that Atlas almost every day. I.was.obsessed and in awe that there were sooooo many countries, some big, some small, some with names I could not pronounce then, and I was so curious. I thank my parents for instilling this curiosity in me, because since I became old enough to make the decision, I decided that one day, I’ll be able to say I have visited every country in the world that I could enter legally and safely. I’m currently chipping away, one country at a time…
My love for travel and my self-expression through photography go hand in hand. I do not go anywhere without my camera kit. I professionally photograph and always look forward to sharing how I see people, places and things. I see beauty in what some would typically dub as mundane and I have never seen a cityscape or a landscape that I haven’t fallen in love with. I am also into portraiture and capturing the beautiful smiling faces of people from all over the world.
I look forward to sharing my travel stories and photography with you.
Thank you for following along with my journeys :).
Other stuff about me
– Hometown: Brooklyn, NY + Lagos, Nigeria
– Favorite Number: My lucky #7. Its the # of my jersey when i played soccer/football
– Favorite Food(s): Belgian Waffles, Nigerian, Jamaican/Caribbean, Cuban, Italian and Thai
– Favorite Past-time(s) other than traveling and photography: Reading the Wall Street Journal, watching baseball & football, listening to music, going to car shows, playing Super hoops at ESPN Zone or Dave & Busters, or doing anything adventurous.
– Academic credentials/education: View them here
– Social issues I am passionate about: Education, ethical micro-finance, youth development, water and women business literacy
– Favorite thing(s) to do: Travel, See and Love. Smile, Laugh, both a lot : )