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Read Kasope Ladipo-Ajai’s One-Of-A-Kind’s Journey From A Computer Scientist To A Renowned Pepper Seller

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Kasope Ladipo-Ajai  is the co-founder of OmoAlata Food Services, a company that processes and packages soups, spices and ‘peppers’ for flavouring local Nigerian dishes.

Early Life And Career

Kasope graduated in 2006 with a B.Sc. in Computer Science. She also studied Strategic Business IT at postgraduate level. After NYSC, She worked in the IT department of Virgin Nigeria for over 4 years. She also handled core IT project implementation for Taytom Group.

How ‘Omo Alata’ Began 

Kasope Ladipo-Ajai ventured into entrepreneurship because she had the urge to do something more meaningful than the traditional 9-to-5 job. So, in 2012, she started OmoAlata, a Nigerian food service and packaging company that is focused on producing hygienically processed and packaged local Nigerian soups, spices and peppers.

According to Kasope, when she was starting out, with little understanding about how to process food and only her savings as capital,  she turned to the internet. She went online to check out companies that were already doing this and inspected their packaging – what it looks like and what information is on it. She realised she needed to know more about nutritional facts and so she went to the FDA website for the US and Canada, looking up the rules and regulations about packaging foods.

Ladipo-Ajai could not afford to pay for a professional formulator to develop her flavours. However, she contacted food caterers, and asked them about their favourite blends. She then tried different samples with them until the mix was perfected.

Caterers were also able to advise her on how best to source the large quantities of fresh produce she needed. She asked where they sourced their tomatoes, which markets were the cheapest and how she could get in contact with farmers if need be.

While large multinationals might have budgets to conduct comprehensive product testing, Ladipo-Ajai had to make do with what she had: her friends and family.

She had to research whether people would actually buy this product, so she started producing little packs and giving them out to friends and family for them to sample. And then got feedback on whether they would buy it.

 

The company now supplies 25 retailers in Lagos – including the Spanish supermarket chain Dia – and just signed a contract to supply Spar stores.

Today the factory produces between 500 and 700 packs of flavourants a week – with 1 litre retailing for ₦1,000 (US$3.20).

Awards And Recognition

She is the Vice President of the 2014 LCCI Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program.

In 2015, She emerged as the winner of the SLA Entrepreneur Pitch Competition.

Also, she was a TFA nominee for the Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.

She was also listed among Forbes 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa, in 2016.

Personal Life

Kasope Ladipo is happily married.

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).

The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.

Also Read: Sanwo-Olu Moves To Scrap Pension For Ex-Lagos Governors, Deputies

Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.

He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.

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WORLD TOILET DAY: HYPO TOILET CLEANER SEEKS END TO OPEN DEFECATION

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With the global calculation of about 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation and at risk of deadly diseases globally, Hypo Toilet Cleaner in celebration of the World Toilet Day, rehabilitated and maintained over 50 water closets in three high traffic areas in Lagos State while providing access to free usage to encourage the use of public toilets and reduction of open defecation 

2020 World Toilet Day in Nigeria is themed: “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change.

While demonstrating its contribution towards curtailing the global sanitation crisis and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6: “water and sanitation for all come 2030″ , Hypo took the World Toilet Day sensitisation and awareness campaign to Berger, Oshodi and Ojo area, offering free defecation service at these identified public facilities.

L-R: Mr. Opeyemi Awojobi, Sponsorship Manager- Tolaram Group,Mrs. Adenike Adebayo, maintenance manager Ojodu Berger Toilet; Mrs Sola Hassan, Director Public Health Education, Lagos State Min of Health;Mr Akintayo Akinseloyin, Brand Manager Hypo Toilet cleaner and Mrs Olasunkanmi Fasilat, Cleaner Ojodu Berger toilet during the Hypo Toilet cleaner maintenance activity to commemorate 2020 world toilet day in Lagos.

The three days long activity which was organized with the participation of the Lagos State Ministry of Health is geared towards building the trust of the public towards utilizing  public toilets while also bringing into their consciousness the need to ensure good maintenance and hygiene culture in these facilities to curtail the spread of deadly infectious diseases and encourage more usage.

Speaking at the event at Ojodu Berger Motor Park Toilet facility, the Brand Manager, Hypo Toilet Cleaner, Akintayo Akinseloyin, said with the huge infrastructural deficit in terms of toilet facilities across Nigeria, according to statistics, there is need to create massive sensitisation around behavioral change towards using safe toilets and eschewing open defecation. 

“We have decided to take over the cleaning and management of over 50 Water Closets in Berger, Arena market in Oshodi and Trade fair, all in Lagos state for the first phase of our programme. We shall be deploying our resources including the Hypo toilet cleaner to keep the toilet sparkling, attractive and germs free. By so doing, people who make use of the facilities can have a positive view of public toilet and develop a taste for using it when there is need for it.”

“Today we want to build people’s trust in using public toilet facilities, discouraging the act of indiscriminate defecation in open places while working towards the objective of a hygienically safe environment for all.

The Director, Health Education, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Shola Hassan commended Hypo on its partnership with the state government in discouraging the culture of open defecation, unhygienic practice among the people thereby keeping infectious diseases around the environment at bay.