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Funke Opeke: Woman in the room full of men

MainOne CEO, Funke Opeke,  has been profiled in an article published by Lost in Lagos titled ‘Funke Opeke: Woman in the room full of men’.

Excerpts below:

“Funke Opeke’s vision to run a 7,000-kilometre undersea high capacity submarine cable from Portugal to Lagos, Nigeria seemed unachievable, downright ambitious and perhaps even ridiculous but no one and nothing could stop her from making it happen. So, today, MainOne and its CEO are to thank for the unimaginable internet speeds that Nigerians are able to attain, a possibility of the great things that Nigeria could achieve in the information communication technology (ICT) sector.

A direct result of the reality of MainOne is also the present low cost of data in the country compared to how utterly dismal the services were even as the cost was prohibitive only in 2005 when Opeke moved back to Nigeria to take on the role of Chief Technology Officer at MTN Nigeria. It was the low internet connectivity in the country that made her decide to do something about it. Barely three years later in 2008, she started MainOne, West Africa’s leading communications services, and network solutions provider, which launched fully in 2010.”

Please read the full article here.


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