‘From Shea but­ter, I’m plan­ning to in­tro­duce ta­marind soap’

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Meet Dr. Ladi Shambo from Niger State, who is into value ad­di­tion of any kind of agric pro­duce. She ex­hib­ited some of her prod­ucts dur­ing the first Daily Trust Agric Con­fab Tues­day. In this in­ter­view, she shares her dreams for the fu­ture. Ex­cerpts:

Tell us about prod­ucts you ex­hibit­ing here. I’m into Shea but­ter cos­met­ics. Al­ready, I have about twenty prod­ucts-100% Shea but­ter, per­fumed Shea but­ter, herbal soap, plain soap, Shea moringa soap and so on.

How do you get your raw ma­te­ri­als?

I thank God and our former gover­nor. I get them from Niger State be­cause the former gover­nor em­pow­ered ru­ral women that pro­duce Shea, so qual­ity Shea is read­ily avail­able in Niger state.

Are the Shea but­ter trees some­thing you grow or get from the bush?

They grow wild in the bush and the women go to pick. When you plant the tree it takes 27 years to pro­duce and that is why it is not good to cut it any­how. I hope the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will en­act a law pro­hibit­ing fellinjg of the tree any­how.

Do you the are

re­ally have the ma­chin­ery to process th­ese crops into stan­dard fin­ished prod­ucts?

In fact, presently, the de­mand is get­ting high for me. I need to get big­ger ma­chines to ex­pand. Peo­ple are be­gin­ning now to use nat­u­ral prod­ucts in­stead of ar­ti­fi­cial ones. With the small and medium scale funds, I

will be able to ex­pand.

Have you ever ac­cessed the fund?

Well, I have not but Bank of Industry made me what I am to­day and I’m ever grate­ful be­cause I ben­e­fited from BoI and I am happy the way I am to­day. I have trav­elled to about eight coun­tries in­clud­ing France, Lon­don, South Africa and so on. I thank God.

In all th­ese prod­ucts you add value to, which one puts more money into your pocket?

The Shea herbal soap, body cream and hair cream, also the pain re­liever, the de­mand is high too.

How do you plan to ex­pand in or­der to meet this de­mand for your prod­ucts?

I am just wait­ing for my NAFDAC num­ber, the mo­ment I get it by the grace of God; I will seek for the loan and then ex­pand.

Are you also plan­ning to in­tro­duce new prod­uct?

Yes. Al­ready I have in­tro­duced new the black liq­uid soap sham­poo. I’m plan­ning to in­tro­duce ta­marind soap and I’m also plan­ning to in­tro­duce liq­uid soap of Shea.

Some of the prod­ucts you have here are well pack­aged. Do you col­lab­o­rate with other part­ners?

No. It took me years be­cause that’s my pas­sion. I like to re­brand-I keep on re­brand­ing un­til I’m able to reach this stage. I love what I’m do­ing that is why I’m able to reach this way.

Where does your mar­ket lies at the mo­ment?

So far so good, you see, in Nige­ria alone, if ev­ery­body can un­der­stand that Shea but­ter is nat­u­ral and is good for the skin, even Abuja alone I can­not sat­isfy the mar­ket.

Dr. Ladi Shambo (left) at­tends to cus­tomers at her stand at the Daily Trust agric con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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