Senior and Pre-Med/Biology major, Augustine Ajuogu has a passion for global health that has led him to recently start up an online business with some other NU students.
In 2006, at age 16, Ajuogu moved from Nigeria to the United States with his family. His community was able to give him the opportunity to attend college through scholarships, and ever since then, he has wanted to give back to his community in some way.
“I have developed strong friendships in both America and Nigeria,” he said, “Both societies have offered me great invaluable experiences and they both continue to inspire me to work for the common good of our communities.”
While attending Northwest, Ajuogu also began work with the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute. There, he was inspired to begin work on a project to create biodiesel. However, he continually ran into experimental problems during the project. One major problem that Ajuogu faced was a consistent side reaction called saponification that occurred during his experiments. This meant that instead of making biodiesel, he was making soap. Rather than allow this to discourage him, Ajuogu saw that there was profit in this “soap making,” and so he began the business known as “SOGOOD.”
Ajuogu teamed up with fellow senior Pre-Med/ Biology major, Paul Lee and Business Administration graduate, Nikolay Borisov to create a business that produces and manufactures high quality all-natural personal hygiene products ranging from soap to lotion, lip balm, body wash, and shampoo.
“We believe in helping transform our communities,” Ajuogu said. “This business will give us some leverage to help partner with community organizations to better work on some social issues.”
The team is partnering up with Light House ministries, a local Bellingham based homeless shelter, and has committed to giving half of all proceeds to them.
Nikolay Borisov, co-creator of SOGOOD said that Ajuogu thinks on a higher level than most people he has met.
“Augustine is an amazing person and has a passion to change the world. He is innovative and a hard worker, and has inspired me to follow my dreams,” said Borisov.
Ajuogu plans to attend Oxford in the fall.
To find out more about his business, go to: sogoodproducts.com
by Alycia Scheidel, Senior Staff Writer