Jide Ipaye

Jide Ipaye

Jide Ipaye

MD/CEO- Keexs |

Born in Nigeria, Jide has a BSC in Microbiology from the University of Lagos, and has 14 years of experience in technology and Strategy having worked in Multinationals such as Guinness and Total and then running his own IT company in his home country. With a shoe size to match his accomplishments, Jide struggled to find shoes to fit his size 48 feet. This is how Keexs was born; Jide decided to make his own shoes!

In order to achieve this, Jide recognised the importance of acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to do so. He subsequently travelled to the Netherlands where he attended SLEM, an international innovation and training institute for footwear and leather industries, where he learned how to make sneakers from scratch.

Jide then teamed up with friend Moyosore Olowo to raise funds for this new venture, through a global online crowdfunding campaign where they raised enough money to help bring this project to life.

Following this success, KEEXS has been featured on numerous platforms such as Origin Africa (Madagascar), The African Fashion Week Nigeria, Heineken Lagos Fashion Week,  Thomson Reuters, eNCA news, TV5Monde, Ebony Life TV, South African Fashion Week and CNN African Voices. KEEXS is positioned as the First Innovative and Social Footwear Brand in Africa.

 

You can also watch this interesting YouTube video on how the journey started for KEEXS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqONC7n-0EA

as well as the CNN African Voices Interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5T1A7wZJnw

KEEXS is currently retailing nationwide in Nigeria as well as in the International market.