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Monday, May 29, 2023

AIT owner, Dokpesi passes on @71 - ITREALMS

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The death has been announced of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom), aged 71 years, reports ITREALMS.
AIT owner, Dokpesi passes on @71  - ITREALMS
The family of the late, founding chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Ray Power and Faaji FM announced his death today, Monday, 29 May 2023.


"It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom) whose sad event occurred on May 29th, 2023.


"High Chief Dokpesi was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him," says Raymond Dokpesi (Jnr) in a press statement available to ITREALMS.


Dokpesi, a Nigerian media entrepreneur, ITREALMS recalled was born on 25 October 1951 in Ibadan to his parents who were from Agenebode, Edo State in a family including six sisters.


He entered the Nigerian mass media industry with his company DAAR Communications and set-up the Nigerian TV network Africa Independent Television (AIT).


High Chief as he was fondly called by close pals, was the organising committee chairman of the People's Democratic Party national conference in 2015, and as at March 2020, he was still undergoing a trial on corruption charges, whereas in May 2020, Dokpesi became a COVID-19 survivor.


Late, he was reported to had suffered a stroke shortly after the 2023 Ramadan fast, and eventually died on May 29, 2023.


Some of Dokpesi's accomplishments before his death, ITREALMS gathered, comprised the establishment of the first indigenous shipping line in Nigeria; the first privately owned radio station Raypower FM in Nigeria; and pioneered Nigeria's first global TV which was Africa's first ever satellite TV station.


Also, he established the first TV station to run 24-hour broadcasting in Nigeria; launched the African Independent signals in the United States and was the chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria, moreso notable for helping in the formulation of the Nigerian Shipping Policy Act (decree) of 1986 among others.


Nkem Nweke/Editor

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