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About In 2008, she came back to Nigeria and noticed the poor internet connectivity in Nigeria. She is the founder of Main Street Technologies and Chief Executive Officer of Main One Cable Company based in Lagos state, a leading communication services and network solutions provider is West Africa.
Her company built West Africa first privately owned, open access 7,000-kilometer undersea high capacity cable submarine stretching from Portugal to West Africa with landings along the route in Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal) in 2019, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) in 2019 and Lagos (Nigeria). Her desire to add value to her home country birthed Africa’s biggest cable company. She turned her engineer’s eye towards the ocean, raised $240 million in funding and laid 4,400 miles of fiber optic cable from Nigeria to Portugal. Big business quickly followed. Online banking, booking services and retail websites helped build what is now Africa’s biggest economy. Nigeria’s’ Internet presence, once associated mostly with scams is now a growing space in for international business opportunities. It’s a change for which Opeke is often credited. After pledging all her savings, facing more challenges of raising capital for the start-up cable business, carrying out in-depth foundational works, feasibility studies, business plans, and technical plans, Main One Cable Company become more tangible. In 2015, her company started operations of MDXi reputed to be Nigeria’s largest Tier III Data Center, also extending a submarine cable from Lagos into Cameroon. Her achievements are a source of inspiration to many.
In her recent interview with TechPoint, Ms. Opeke named Fola Adeola– the founder of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and chairman of MainOne– as one of her mentors. He was the first person she met with her idea of MainOne and has supported her ever since even though he initially thought she was overly ambitious in terms of what she was setting out to do. According to Ms. Opeke, Fola Adeola’s support gave credibility to the MainOne brand at its inception. When asked what is like being a woman doing business in a male-dominated industry, she said “I am not overly sensitive, I just do what needs to get done…I cannot apologize for being a woman, it is who I am”. Being the only female in her undergraduate engineering class prepared her for this.