Dreams of the World: Elizabeth Tolulope (Nigeria)

Elizabeth Tolulope Babalola (Nigeria). Photograph © KIKE CALVO
Elizabeth Tolulope Babalola (Nigeria). Photograph © KIKE CALVO

 This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels.

¨My dream is … of Africa’s Youth who are motivated, vibrant, thriving and fulfilled as they lead change in every sector. It is of young people re-crafting the views and perceptions of African cities and nations one person, one action at a time.¨ Elizabeth Tolulope Babalola, 27,  began working with teenagers in Nigeria. Today, she  loves unfolding nature’s mysteries with them while planting street trees. As a 2013 Andrew Sabin Fellow, she will create platforms for young Nigerians to enjoy nature, become environmental stewards and engage in environmental solution spaces.




Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com
  • Truth

    I think it sounds fair enough to make mention of something good about a country which has so badly sppken of. Nigerians are nature loving people who despite the present state and challenges facing them, still find it very imperative to be happy; by adding values to the environment.

  • miguel angel arrudi ruz

    bella modelo,, entrañable foto,, llena de naturalidad

  • Daniel Torres

    Thanks kike for show us that the dreamers could change the world, one step to time with little details.

    blessings and the best energy

  • Sena G.

    Well done Elizabeth!!!,Nigeria needs more of you.True, trees are very crucial to our environment, we cannot afford to keep cutting them down without replacing them. I am glad you are instilling in the leaders of tomorrow, the importance of taking care of their environment.

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