The ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair is one that would surely always bring special memories for different reasons.
For Ghanaian entrepreneurs, it would probably be the fortune made selling sachet soup, known as Shito (black chili sauce).
According to report, many women were seen on Wednesday besieging the Ghana stand at the fair to buy Shito, packaged in 500g and selling for N1,000 per sachet.
Queuing to buy the soup, a banker, Mrs. Tessy Imagoro, said the already-made soup had saved her from having to make soup after her daily office work on the Lagos Island.
“The soup in sachet saves time for me from going to the kitchen to make soup after my busy schedule daily. I like this innovation,’’ she said.
Her colleague, Mrs. Taiye Odu, described the soup as creative, saying that she had never seen that kind of innovation before.
“I am buying the soup because I see others buying it. Since it can be kept in freezer and microwaved later, I think it can save a lot time.
A business woman, Mrs. Nneka Williams, said she bought the soup out of curiosity and that she planned to start making a similar delicacy to sell to Nigerians who might be interested.
“The idea looks good. I want to look at the possibility of introducing it to a larger segment of the Nigerian consumer market,’’ she said.
The Ghanaian maker of the soup, Mr. David Amoah, said that the soup was patronised mostly by corporate women, whom he said hardly found time to go to the kitchen after their daily jobs.
“The sachet soup is moving more than I anticipated. I never knew that Nigerian women would be so interested in Ghana soup.
“The soup is already cooked and there is no need to cook it any longer. It can be eaten hot or cold,’’ Amoah said.
The soup is packaged in red sachets with description of ingredients such as pepper, tomato, onion, fish and crayfish.