Funke Opeke

Born: c. 1961, Ibadan, Oyo state;

Occupation: Businesswoman;

Position: founder and CEO;

Company: MainOne;

Industry: Internet Infrastructure;

Residence: Nigeria;

Nationality: Nigerian;

Funke Opeke

Funke Opeke, is founder of Mainstreet Technologies and founder and CEO of MainOne, formerly Main One Cable Company, since 2008. 

MainOne is West Africa’s leading communications services and network solutions provider that built West Africa’s first privately owned, open access 7,000 kilometer undersea high capacity cable submarine, a $240-million-dollar project that was completed on time and on budget in 2010. MainOne also built West Africa’s largest Tier III Data Center, MDX-i’s Lekki Data Center, a $40 million investment with a capacity for 600 racks. 

Equinix announced on 2021/12/08 that it is acquiring MainOne for $320 million. Equinix, Inc. is an American multinational company headquartered in Redwood City, California, that specializes in Internet connection and data centers.

Work Experience

Ms. Opeke is an experienced telecommunications executive who returned to Nigeria in 2005 as the Chief Technical Officer of MTN after a twenty-year career in the United States. She was previously the Executive Director of Verizon Communications Wholesale Division. Subsequent to MTN, Ms. Opeke advised Transcorp on the acquisition of NITEL and briefly served as the interim Chief Operating Officer, post-acquisition of NITEL. 

Accolades

  • Forbes ”The World's Top 50 Women in Tech 2018”

Education

She obtained a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.

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