CEM REPORT, PERSONALITY | Raymond Dokpesi, Founder and Chairman of Daar Communications has been reported dead.
According to reports from Premium Times, Dokpesi had suffered a stroke that reportedly happened after the recent Ramadan fast. He had since then been managing his health and was placed on occupational therapy to improve his daily activities before his sudden death this morning.
Dokpesi’s son, Raymond Dokpesi (JNR) in a statement confirming the death said;
“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) who passed away 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.
“High Chief Dokpesi was also a respected and accomplished businessman, a pioneer in the media industry, and a philanthropist who dedicated his life to the service of his country and his community.
“His legacy will live on through the impact he made on the lives of many.”
He added that “the family will release further details on the funeral arrangements in due course.”
Dokpesi, who was a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) died at the age of 71 in Abuja.
He was the Founder and Chairman of Daar Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM.
Dokpesi set up Nigeria’s first private radio, Ray Power FM, and African Independent Television (AIT) in 1993 after the broadcast industry was deregulated in 1992.