Lagos, July 2022 – Kippa, the fast-growing fintech start-up offering digital business and financial management solutions for African SMEs, today announces that it has appointed journalist and digital marketing veteran Osagie Alonge as Director of Marketing. He joins the company from TeamApt and OPay where he led marketing functions across different finance and logistics product for small and medium-scale businesses within Africa. Through his experience, he has garnered significant industry experience and a deep understanding of providing value to small businesses within the continent using technology and marketing.
With over 70 employees across the continent and 500,000 registered merchants, the firm’s rapid growth makes Osagie joining the team a necessity. As Director of Marketing, Osagie will be an integral part of enabling the company’s growth, acquiring users across different parts of the continent and communicating the immense value the products serve for different classes of African Merchants.
Osagie would be joining a team of experienced professionals, including Toyin Albert, Stephen Abah and Maneesha Negi, in leading the building and marketing of Kippa’s Financial Technology Products, which has proven to influence how micro businesses receive payments in Nigeria significantly.
Before joining the Kippa team, Osagie was head of integrated marketing communication at TeamApt, another fintech company providing financial solutions based in Lagos, Nigeria. Before this, he spent two and a half years growing the OPay marketing team, where he was head of Marketing as well. His journalism experience also came from his Five years plus experience working as an editor at Pulse Nigeria and its other affiliate firms.
Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph, Co-Founder and CEO of Kippa, said: “When I met Osagie, his leadership, maturity and vanishingly rare quality of getting involved in the most practical ways possible. Our mission and traction to date stood out to him, and I am thrilled he is joining Kippa’s executive team”.
Commenting on his appointment, Osagie Alonge said: “ Joining the Kippa team has been a wholesome experience so far. The team is vibrant and clear about its mission. I'm excited to work with people passionate about solving problems. The one thing that motivated me to join the team was its passion for innovation is inspiring. I look forward to becoming a valued contributor to this phenomenal team—to further drive Kippa's mission in Africa by providing the most essential and valuable financial services for African business owners..”
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Founded in June 2021, Kippa is a disruptive fintech start-up based in Nigeria. The team is on a mission to unlock socio-economic prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa by helping SMEs grow their business and embrace financial inclusion. The company provides digital business and financial management solutions for African SMEs, starting with a simple-to-use mobile bookkeeping app, which helps African SMEs keep track of their daily revenue and spending transactions, create invoices and receipts, manage inventory, and see how their companies fluctuate over time recover; ultimately helping merchants to recover debts three times faster.
Kippa has been on a steep growth trajectory under the leadership of Co-Founders Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph (CEO) and Duke Ekezie-Joseph (President) who have a history of working together over the last six years, and strong experience launching products for the African market. To date, Kippa has 70 employees across 3 countries and over 500,000 SMEs in its network.