While insects are interesting animals, some are nuisances and are dangerous to the health of humans. Examples of such insects are bedbugs, cockroaches and mosquitoes etc which tends to irritate the body, suck human blood and are vectors to diseases or infections. Shofu Babalola saw this problem in his immediate environment and monetized is solution in his society. InterviewStories met him and asked him about his plans and how he was able to achieve this.
Can we meet you?
My name is Shofu Babalola Theophilus. A student of Chemistry department, University of Ibadan. I am an entrepreneur, volunteer and producer of S.B SUPER INSECTICIDE.
I am also the project coordinator for Chem-Intellect Society of the Chemistry department, University of Ibadan.
How does being a Chemistry student help in the production of S.B SUPER INSECTICIDE?
I am currently in 100level, been an industrial chemist only set me apart from other producers. Insecticides are natural or synthetic chemicals used to kill insects pests. Research work is still going on to improve my product.
What do you think an entrepreneur does?
An entrepreneur refers to a person who has an innovative business idea, who is willing to take the risk of implementing the idea, and who also takes on the role as leader of the company or organization – assuming full responsibility for its execution, success, or failure. I see myself as an entrepreneur.
What problem are you solving?
Bedbug infestation on campus and at homes with the spread of malaria and all other diseases caused by insects,even cockroaches in our homes are majorly the problems that my product help provide solution to . Most students suffer from bedbug infestation. People living in rural areas also die from malaria which is caused by mosquitoes.
Also those living in urban areas especially those that live in water logged areas suffer mosquito infestation a lot. My product has been designed to fight against all this at an affordable price. I also make money from the products.
How old is your business?
I started production January 15th 2019 when ASUU went on strike. But research started since November, 2018.
What are your product names?
S.B SUPER INSECTICIDE is currently the only available product for sale.While our other products like TMSOAPS and antiseptics have not yet been produced.
Why should I use S.B Super Insecticide instead of other insecticides?
It’s effectiveness speaks for it, it has been tested on insects like wasp,butterfly,bedbugs,cockroaches and many other insects. Tips on how to reduce it infestation is currently on my blog chem-intellect.blogspot.com. An insecticides goes for ₦300.
You can watch the effect of S.B Super Insecticide video on youtube. The insecticide is environmental friendly as it does not deplete the ozone layer. Also the branding of S.B Super Insecticide is well designed and presentable. The product is also affordable.
Have people ever criticize your product?
Yes people have criticized my product and their criticism have made me to improve on the product.
Will the insects not develop resistance against the chemical over time?
No, S.B Super Insecticide, like other organophosphate insecticides, acts on acetylcholinesterase. It acts as contact and stomach poison on insects, it damages insects DNA.
What motivated you to be an entrepreneur?
I follow my passion, I love applications/practicals also I love solving problems all this started when I got back home when ASUU went on three months strike. My parent started spending money daily to buy insecticide to reduce mosquitoes in the room then I thought of how I can make cheaper and more effective insecticide to combat the insects. That was our S.B Super Insecticide came into existence.
How were you able to source for fund to start S.B Super Insecticide?
I talked to a neighbour of mine about me able to get her an effective insecticide to eradicate bedbug in her room. It was her money I initially used to produce the first S.B Super Insecticides. Later on, I had to source for fund from my parents who saw it as a means of investment to produce more. I had to reinvest the profit I made from selling the first set of S.B Super Insecticide to make more of the product.
How are you able to combine school with business?
I sell majorly to student in my school for now . I make use of social media platforms to communicate to my customers and potential buyers at free hours.
Do you have any advise for upcoming student entrepreneurs?
Student entrepreneurs should be passionate about whatever they like doing. Follow their goals and never give up.
Will you continue S.B Super Insecticide after you leave school?
Definitely, I will continue after school. I also hope to employ people to help establish the business. I also hope to work with health organizations to combat these insects by using my product.
How can we contact you?
I can be contacted through any of the following.
- WhatsApp: 07084421068.
- Twitter: babalola_shofu.
- Instagram: s.b_super.
- Facebook: S.B Super insecticide.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mobile Number: 07084421068.