Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Historical Background Of Sanitary Inspectors In Nigeria

Sanitary inspectors in the 60s
Known as ‘wole-wole‘ among the Yoruba people, ‘Nwaole-ala‘ among the Igbos and ‘duba-gari‘ among the Hausas, sanitary inspectors are government officials saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the sanitation of houses and neighborhoods in every part of Nigeria. The office of the sanitary inspector was established back in the colonial era of Nigeria. At the dawn of their establishment, they were known as sanitary attendants because their primary function then was to serve as helping hands to colonial masters (sanitary inspectors) who execute sanitary duties themselves. On a clearer note, colonial masters who oversaw sanitization were called ‘sanitary inspectors‘ while Nigerians who worked under them were referred to as ‘sanitary attendants‘. Continue reading The Historical Background Of Sanitary Inspectors In Nigeria

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The Story Of Jacob Odulate And How He Invented The Famous Alabukun Powder In 1918

Alabukun Powder and Inventor Jacob Odulate
For over nine decades, Alabukun Powder has maintained its stand as one of the most popular patent medicines commonly found in Nigerian homes, workplaces, pharmacies and street shops. Its cheap price and quick effectiveness has kept it from falling off the stall since 1918 when its formula was discovered by a hardworking and unrelenting Nigerian pharmacist, Jacob Shogboyega Odulate popularly called ‘Blessed Jacob’. This reminds one of another Nigerian product, St. Louis Sugar, which has also become a household name over decades of its existence. Both Alabukun Powder and St. Louis Sugar have another thing in common besides being around for long, they have never been advertised in the media, yet they firmly held their ground in their respective markets. Continue reading The Story Of Jacob Odulate And How He Invented The Famous Alabukun Powder In 1918