Walé Oyéjidé, Esq. is a creative director, designer, writer, speaker, filmmaker, musician and lawyer that combats bias with creative storytelling. As the founder of the brand Ikiré Jones, he employs fashion design as a vehicle to celebrate the perspectives of marginalized populations.


Art & Design

Mr. Oyéjidé is a TED Fellow, an Open Society Foundations Moving Walls Fellow. And a National Geographic Explorer.

His apparel design can be seen in the Marvel Studios film "Black Panther."

Further, Mr. Oyéjidé's design work was part of the "Making Africa" contemporary design exhibit, which was at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, and the HIGH Museum of Art in Atlanta.

His work appeared at the “Gender Bending Fashion” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His mural design “Legacy” was mounted on the facade of the Lucien E. Blackwell Library, in Philadelphia. He was also featured in the "Creative Africa" exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His work exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Fowler Museum, UCLA. He has lectured about his work in Brazil, Ecuador, France, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. His designs also appeared as part of the "Generation Africa" fashion show at Pitti Uomo 89 in Florence, Italy


Filmmaking

He is the co-director, executive producer and writer of “After Migration: Calabria” (2020), a short documentary which subverts the commonly acceptive narrative of migrants as perpetual victims. By pairing cinéma verité with elements of magic realism, this film is a poetically-shot portrait follows the lives of a migrant boy from Gambia and a migrant single-mother from Nigeria as they transcend their difficult histories while assimilating into a picturesque region of southern Italy.

By pairing culturally representative fashion design with story-telling, the "After Migration" project celebrates the lives of refugees in ways that dispel tropes which cast them as unfortunates. In this work, migrants are shown as nuanced contributors to their new societies while journeying in search of a place to call home.


Writing

He is one of the co-writers of the anthology, “The Good Immigrant” (Little, Brown and Company, 2019).

His other works include freelance creative copywriting, and the unseen manuscript of a novel that is perpetually in progress.


Speaking

In 2019, He has spoken at the National Geographic Story Teller’s Summit , and at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, among several other engagements.

 


Music

He is a retired recording artist/producer that has collaborated with J-Dilla and MF Doom, among others.

 

His recordings include: “One Day…Everything Changed” (Shaman Work, 2004), “Science Fiction ‘Walls Don’t Exist’” (Third Earth Music, 2003), and various singles.


Legalese

He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

He has been licensed to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has worked as a defense litigator.