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About Shea Origin

Shea Origin was founded by Mobola Sagoe; a professional esthetician, with over 3 decades of skincare experience. Shea Origin manufactures and produces wholly organic skin care products made from authentic locally produced Shea Butter. The company’s focus is to manufacture finished products such as body butter, oils, lip balms and soaps with high shea content for the local and International cosmetic industry.

The founder’s firm resolve to position the country as a serious global player in the fulcrum on which the company’s backward integration initiative revolves. It is in pursuit of this objective that contact was made with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to convey an expression of interest intention to key into its shea program. The result is the Saki Shea Project which is summarized below.

Who We Are

Through a rigorous selection process overseen by the WTO and the NEPC, Shea Origin was identified as the preferred counterparty with the requisite technical expertise and industry experience to operate and maintain the facilities for the production of shea products satisfying the Final Product Specifications. A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was subsequently executed on the 22nd of May 2014 to formalize this appointment. Shea Origin thus plays a key role in improving the shea value chain, significantly ramping up processing capacity and developing export markets for raw shea butter.

Our Belief

We believe increasing the production of Shea Origin skincare products and capturing a significant share of Nigeria’s high end retail shea butter products for the international market and also less expensive shea butter products in decent packaging for the local market will make significant contributions to the national economy. In the first instance, it will help increase the capacity of the shea nut /butter processing centre which will in turn increase the incomes of the Saki nut pickers and processors to the benefit of the whole community. We are focused on increasing production capabilities to make and distribute African-produced shea products that are competitive with global standards. This improved African supply chain would bring women one step closer to making their dreams a reality.

We were featured in the British Vogue
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Shea Origin Outreaches
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The Ifedawapo Co-operative Society USAID and Bank of Industry Shea Conference in Abuja World Trade Organization Global & National Shea Body Representation
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Shea Origin women empowerment – the ifedawapo co-operative society
Women Empowerment – The Ifedawapo Co-operative Society

Ifedawapo (the literal translation is ‘love binds us together’) is the name given to the Co-operative Society in Saki. The Co-operative has a membership strength of 100 women, with 50 more on standby that are willing to join the group for processing shea nuts into butter. Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays with the elected Executive Committee members in charge.

Various Training sessions coordinated by Shea Origin have taken place organized by NEPC and the National Food & Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) to change from the primitive mode of processing to more modern sanitary methods that improve the quality and yield of shea butter.

Shea Origin has been working with the Ifedawapo Co-operative since June 2014 in helping to build and manage a viable and productive cooperative society that will place the community on the global shea map. Early signs of limited success in this regard is evidenced by the mention in the International Trade Centre newsletter of 2015 Impact Stories section.

At present Shea Origin is putting together a group of female nut pickers in the Saki area and environs as a means of reducing the cost of raw material input into the processing of the butter at the centre.

USAID and Bank of Industry Host Shea Conference in Abuja

On the 14th and 15th of October 2015, a Shea Conference themed: ‘SHEA SECTOR DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA – A Concerted Renaissance’, was held at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja. The conference was geared at emphasizing and identifying the significant role of Shea in agribusiness which is estimated to have an export potential of $3.8billion. The Shea Conference will hold at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja.

A wide range of stakeholders from the Shea industry gathered for the conference on standardizing and developing Nigeria’s Shea value chain as a critical arm of the nation’s non-oil export.

The conference was organized by Shea Origin with immense support from the USAID|Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport (NEXTT) project and Bank of Industry (BOI) in conjunction with National Shea Product Association of Nigeria (NASPAN).

The need for the conference was borne out of recent assertion by the Global Shea Alliance (a multi-stakeholder association committed to quality and sustainability of the Shea industry) that Nigeria’s estimated yearly loss to smuggling of exportable Shea produce to the global market is about N345 billion ($2.2 billion).

This enormous loss to smuggling is undermining efforts to translate benefits of Shea production to national advantage, hence the need to standardize this arm of Nigeria’s non-oil export which can have tremendous impact on the economy and lives of rural women that are involved in Shea production” said the MD/CEO of Shea Origin and Vice-President of NASPAN, Mrs Mobola Sagoe; Mrs Mobola Sagoe.

Deliberations at the 2-day conference also focused on standardizing the procedure of Shea nut processing in Nigeria by actively involving stakeholders at all levels in elaborate discussions and intense training sessions. This is expected to increase the competitiveness of Nigeria’s Shea butter in the export market.

Amongst other issues, the first day of the workshop focused on standardization and certification for international markets, $2million USAID|NIGERIA Project Development Facility and how it can be accessed to develop the Shea value chain along with discussions by First Ladies of key states involved in Shea production. There were also deliberations on prospects of domesticating the cultivating of Shea tree which only grows in the wild.

USAID and Bank of Industry Host Shea Conference in Abuja

Capacity building on the second day covered essential technical aspects of Shea processing, enhancing Shea’s business competitiveness through effective and standardized supply chain management with emphasis on safety. Branding and packaging, product formulation and certification, export procedure and logistics, export financing and policy advocacy are others issues that will be covered during the training sessions. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with industry experts on challenges of the sector and draw up action plans.

“By building local capacities and facilitating PPP dialogue for prompt Shea policy advocacy within the country, this conference will do much to further the development and vitality of the Shea industry” added Mrs Sagoe.

The event brought together over 250 participants from a cross-section of stakeholders representing; trade associations & Chambers of Commerce, Commercial attaches of embassies and foreign missions, Export promotion agencies (NEPC, NEXIM and other government agencies), international development agencies, supply chain managers of multi-national companies in the Food & Beverages sector, banks and other financial institution, non-Government Organizations.

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World Trade Organization

In 2010, the NEPC received a grant under a World Trade Organization/Standards and Trade Development Facility program to implement a project aimed at increasing Nigeria’s food exports of sesame seeds and shea nut butter through improved sanitary and phytosanitary capacity building. In connection with the said grant, the NEPC caused the construction of a commercial shea nut processing facility, located at Saki in Oyo State and caused ownership of the said Facilities to be transferred to a local Cooperative (the Ifedawapo Co-Operative Society) as representative of the interests of shea nut processors in the area.

Through a rigorous selection process overseen by the WTO and the NEPC, Shea Origin was identified as the preferred counterparty with the requisite technical expertise and industry experience to operate and maintain the facilities for the production of shea products satisfying the Final Product Specifications. A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was subsequently executed on the 22nd of May 2014 to formalize this appointment. Shea Origin thus plays a key role in improving the shea value chain, significantly ramping up processing capacity and developing export markets for raw shea butter.

The Saki Shea Butter Project as conceptualized is designed to deliver highly refined and pure organic products for the local and foreign cosmetic industries. Staffing for the project is predominantly female from the community. Capacity building is being achieved through skills acquisition and competence improvement which go a long way to reduce poverty and hunger, empower women and put the local community on the global cosmetic industry map. The Shea Butter Project promises to be a reference point for Nigeria’s women empowerment initiatives.

Global & National Shea Body Representation

Shea Origin is an active member of the Global Shea Alliance (GSA), a multi-stakeholder association committed to quality and sustainability of the Shea industry. The company has, through its founder participated in conferences hosted within the African and American continents.

On the local front, Mobola Sagoe was elected in July 2015 as a Vice President of the National Shea Products Association of Nigeria (NASPAN) in recognition of the developmental role of Shea Origin in Oyo.

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