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Entrepreneur Of The Week : Kasope Ladipo-Ajai

Kasope Ladipo-Ajai is the founder of OmoAlata Food Services also known as McPeppers, a company that processes and packages soups, spices and ‘peppers’ for seasoning local dishes.

Kasope, a computer science graduate from Babcock University ventured into entrepreneurship because she felt the urge to do something different and meaningful than the conventional 9-to-5 job. So, in 2012, she started OmoAlata. Although she has always loved cooking, travelling and old architecture structural designs, back in the days, she worked as a team leader in Air Nigeria where her responsibilities included information technology (IT) related service, business analysis and project management. She also worked with Taytom Group where she handled core IT project implementation before she commenced her own business.

Kasope said what inspired her to start her own business is the saying that “Some businesses start from a passion or calling while others are solution providing opportunities turned business. OmoAlata was birthed from an urge to solve the cooking needs of Nigerians.” She started OmoAlata to hygienically process and package local Nigerian soups, spices and peppers.

In the year 2015, Kasope won first prize at the ‘She Leads Africa Pitch Competition’.  She also won a $10,000 cash prize, a mobile device from Etisalat, international media coverage and a host of other prizes and now her company supplies over 25 retailers in Lagos including the Spanish supermarket chain, Diaand SPAR stores. Kasope’s goal is to eventually export to markets worldwide.

OmoAlata is an indigenous food service brand focused on the production and sale of hygienically processed and packaged local Nigerian soups, spices and peppers. OmoAlata Food Services desires to be Nigeria’s pioneer food packaging company providing easy to use pepper mix to the general public with operations in key markets across the country. The company aspires to use its strong local brand identity to promote an international product range that will sit in stores all over the world for Nigerians and other customers present in these markets.

The brand also emphasizes on maintaining global standards, quality, product availability, processes and unique brand qualities as its channel into every home.

The name OmoAlata literally means ‘Son or Daughter of a Spice Seller’; it also symbolizes an indigenous name given to local street wise kids from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. It is also used to depict someone funky but in a local or native way.

Kasope’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is that “Entrepreneurship is not for the lily-liver person. Business plans act as guides and are not cast in stone. Be ready to adapt to suit your environment”.

You can reach her on the following platforms:

Website: www.omoalata.com

Email: info@omoalata.com

Instagram: the_omoalata

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