Table tennis player Olufunke Oshonaike-Irabor, popularly known as Funke Oshonaike, was born in Nigeria on October 28, 1975. She is the third of nine children. She participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Nigeria.
She was born and raised in Somolu and began playing the piano at a young age in the early 1980s on a street in Shomolu, Lagos, named Akeju Street. began playing table tennis at the age of nine in a soak away (a pit filled with human waste), and at the age of 14, he began representing Nigeria.
She was quite small and used to astonish people with her abilities at that young age, making her every performance a spectacle.
She attended Community Primary School in Agunbiade, Shomolu, Lagos, currently known as Ola-Olu Primary School. When she was in primary 4, she won a competition for the school and was recognized by Mr. G.O. Taiwo, the headmaster, in front of her classmates on the assembly grounds.
She attended Igbobi Girls High School in Igbobi-Yaba after finishing primary school, but she left when she was in SSS 1 to continue her education and pursue a career.
Oshonaike debuted as a national representative at the age of 14. At the age of 16, she won the Nigerian championship, and by the time she was 17, she had won the African title. She has garnered numerous medals for her nation in a variety of competitions. In mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Games, she took home a bronze medal. She was beyond 40 when she won the last African championship six years ago.
Oshonaike participated in the women’s single event at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. She defeated Mariana Sahakian of Lebanon in the opening round. Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico defeated her in the opening round. During the Parade of Nations, she carried the Nigerian flag.
At the 2020 Summer Olympics, she took part in the women’s singles competition.