Alabukun, one of the oldest drugs in Nigeria, is still very relevant and popular today.
Chief Jacob Sogboyega Odulate, fondly called “Blessed Jacob”, was a Nigerian pharmacist and an entrepreneur. He was born in 1884 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Odulate was well known for discovering the Alabukun powder drug. Odulate finished elementary school at the age of 12.
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While he was still a kid, Odulate decided to leave his father’s house at Ikorodu to Abeokuta in Ogun State. He was just 14 years old when he made the decision to leave his father’s house.
At that time, there was no means of transportation so he had to trek from Lagos to Abeokuta which took him three months. This was not an easy task for a kid his age but it’s still impressive.
After he had settled down in Abeokuta, he met Dr Sapara who taught him the basic knowledge of curative products.
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In 1918, Jacob had already established his own manufacturing company called “Alabukun” in Abeokuta but his product was not ready for distribution until 1920.
The company’s headquarters, located in Abeokuta, contained his office, consulting room and laboratory workshop.
During his working days, he had no assistant, he always worked with his wife and children. Apart from Alabukun, he managed to invent another drug called Alabukun mentholine, he did all of these with the help of his wife and children.
The key main ingredients of Alabukun are acetylsalicylic acid and caffeine which were imported from Liverpool and United Kingdom. Jacob later revealed that a packet of Alabukun contains 760 mg of acetylsalicylic acid and 60 mg of caffeine making a total of 820 mg.
The Alabukun powder was well known for preventing platelet aggregation and it inhibits adenosine in the body. These help in fast reduction of pain in the body, there by granting the user smooth breath by stimulating the brain and the heart.
Alabukun has been in production for over 100 years now and the demands are steady as usual because the drug has circulated to all parts of the country.
Jacob later died in 1962 and his children have been running the company ever since. While he was alive, Jacob made sure he sent his children to the best schools.
Due to the massive profits he made from his company, he was able to enrol his children in schools at Durham, Newcastle, the United States and London to qualify as Educationists, Medical Doctors, Lawyers and Engineers.
His dream for his children came true because some of his children became Engineer, Medical Doctor Pharmacist and a lawyer Including Chief Mrs. Folake Solanke née Odulate who was the first female SAN in Nigeria.
Jacob Odulate was an intelligent and hard working man and his legacy will live on forever.