Meet Funke

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.

"There is something special that you can harness and bring to the table. Always add value to other individuals."

Funke Bucknor-Obruthe

My Life Journey

As a highly regarded influencer and speaker who seeks to impact lives, Funke has spoken at various seminars, workshops and conferences all over the world. Little wonder why she is regarded as one of the top 3 wedding planners in Africa and was recently appointed a member of the Advisory Board for The Destination Wedding Planner’s Congress (DWPC). In 2016, she was also hosted by the King of Dubai as one of the Top 10 event planners on the African Continent.

Being recognized in and outside Africa for her countless contributions to the Nigerian Events Industry, Funke was one of only two Nigerians included in the BBC’s 2016 list of 100 most inspirational women in the world, and has been featured in several local and international media platforms such as Forbes Woman Africa and CNN Inside Africa, among others.

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