About Me

Funke Bucknor-Obruthe

A seasoned Entrepreneur and Event Planner - Author, Global Speaker, Facilitator and Coach

Eighteen years as a foremost event planner has earned Funke Bucknor-Obruthe a place among Nigeria’s industry leaders. She is the founder and current C.E.O. of the Zapphaire Events Group (comprising Zapphaire Events Limited, The Zapphaire Training Academy and Decor by Furtullah), a pioneer events planning company in Africa, which has for many years set the trend for event architecture and design in Nigeria. Funke’s passion for innovation and excellence has built a leading Wedding and Events brand which has delivered well over 1,500 successful events across the globe, and still remains relevant today.

Her passion for walking brides through the wedding process led her to publish The Essential Bridal Handbook - a first-of-its-kind wedding resource for the African market. For this reason, she also set up “Funke Says” - a YouTube series for brides guiding them through their wedding planning process. An avid entrepreneur, Funke is also obsessed with sharing industry knowledge and giving others room to bloom. This resulted in the creation of the Zapphaire Training Academy in 2009, which since inception has birthed over 500 events professionals.

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Dearest Funke, I don’t know what to say oh! You are a star . Thank you so very very much for being my personal party planner. The service, the ldea, the sisterhood. Na wah oh!. You are just too much, too too much. Thank you for the help and support during my 40th. I really can’t thank you enough .

I am very grateful for the gift of your presence in my life . May the good Lord continue to bless you with long life , good health, peace and joy. I love you so very much.

Ngover Ihyembe

Funke you did an amazing job. You were responsive and patience and you helped make sure the event went on seamlessly. Well done. Very well done. I am very grateful . I pray and know that your business will continue growing form success to success. I also wish to thank you personally for the love and care you put into all the arrangements always seeking to take any burden off of our hands .

You had only a short time to prepare but you swung into action immediately and coordinated the various aspects of the event and the various service providers from the technicians to the MC excellently . A big thank you to you from the Lijadu family. Thank you very much and God bless you and yours .

Femi Lijadu

Thank you so much for a wonderful execution . Una do well, fantastically well God bless you all. Please extend my appreciation to your team.

Yemi Aluko

Dear Funke , thank you very much for everything. You did well . The time was short, the pressure intense but you worked well despite the many constraints . I salute you! God bless you and all the works of your hands in Jesus’ name . Amen

Aima Lijadu

Thank you and your crazingly hardworking team for all you did for myself and my family. You’ve truly given me a wedding to remember and for that , I’ll always be grateful

Farida Awa Ibrahim