Funke Bucknor-Obruthe

Nigerian entrepreneur and lawyer

Funke Bucknor-Obruthe (born 27 June 1976) is a Nigerian entrepreneur and lawyer. She is the founder and CEO of Zapphaire Events and is regarded as one of Nigeria's pioneering event planners. Bucknor-Obruthe was born to Segun and Shola Bucknor in Lagos State, Southwestern Nigeria. She began her basic and secondary school education at Fountain Nursery and Primary School, Lagos, and Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Lagos, before she proceeded to study Law at the University of Lagos.


  • Be creative, think out of the box. Identify your unique selling point and always make a concious effort to improve on yourself.
  • First it takes believing in yourself to be a pioneer in an industry that no one was sure of what the future held.
  • it’s always also good to surround yourself with good people. People that are like your mentors, that will guide you. People that have also gone through what you went through.
  • We cannot be everything, every time in our lives. You have to determine how you want to make it work.
  • You can't compare yourself to other families, because you do not know what is going on in their homes. It's about knowing what you want so a balance can be created.
  • One is the ability to organise− you are managing people, so you must know how to organise. You must be diplomatic. Pay attention to detail. Interpersonal skills are skills you must learn. There are also attributes such as knowing how to manage a crisis, being result-oriented, being very resourceful, being creative, and having the ability to manage a team. There are so many character traits that an event planner must have, but at the same time, there are non-negotiable skills. You must learn how to negotiate, have good communication skills, and have good relationship skills.
  • One of the things I’d say is lacking is the lack of standard, in the sense that everybody is working to a standard where nobody understands what is expected.
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