A YOUNG NIGERIAN MOM IS WORKING HARD TO SIMPLIFY COOKING FOR OTHER MOMS LIKE HERSELF, BY PACKAGING PRE-BOILED FOOD SPICES FOR STEW AND SOUPS.
Kasope Ladipo-Ajai, a trained Computer Scientist left her full-time job to solve a Nigerian problem she has observed. While on one of her travels, Kasope noticed how easy and fast it was preparing food and soups abroad owing to the abundance of pre-packaged food ingredients, from packaged pre-processed meat to picked and packaged vegetables, to packaged soups waiting for serving after a few minutes warm in the oven. Observing this, she decided to leave her job once she got back to Nigeria and focus on proffering a solution that would save her and other working moms the time and energy required to prepare a standard Nigerian Soup/Stew (2 – 3 hours) and this was how Omo Alata was born.
Omo Alata which translates to Yoruba as “Spice Seller” is a food process brand simplifying soup and stew preparation in Nigeria and beyond. Soups and stew form very important part of the average Nigerian’s meal. Whether as a side serving along with a staple like Eba, rice, Agidi or bread, stew and soups are very vital to the average Nigerian meal. Majoring mostly in spices like pepper, tomatoes and onions, Omo Alata processes and packages these spices to very easily usable pastes completely removing extra time required in vegetable washing, cutting and boiling involved in stew preparation.
While busy urban dwellers are having trouble accessing and cooking fresh meals, millions of pounds of produce perish through long transit times from the rural farms to the urban centers. This is one problem Omo Alata aims to solve. With strong determination and the support of her husband, the 2014 born company has being expanding speedily. Fresh, organic vegetables are sourced in close farms, washed, parboiled and packaged following national hygiene and packaging standards. Against the odds and challenges of poor power supply which would naturally slow the processing, cooling and packaging of the spices, Kasope has kept the business running and evolving for the best. Kasope won first prize in SLA’s 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase, has received mentions from many national and international media platforms for the change she is causing.