Raymond Dokpesi @70: A day to celebrate with Nigeria’s Ted Turner

By Ibidunni Banjoko

MARKETING EDGE Publication, the foremost brands and advertising magazine celebrates with the media guru, Chief, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi on his 70th birthday.

Dokpesi’s story of reaching the pinnacle of success in his chosen profession has always served as an inspiration to many people. Accolades will never cease to pour in for the man who has fought hard to bring his company to greater heights, the man who has always inspired many to be better than what they are.

Dokpesi entered the Nigerian mass media industry with his company DAAR Communications and set up the Nigerian TV network Africa Independent Television (AIT). AIT was Africa’s first satellite Television station. He also pioneered the first privately owned radio station in Nigeria.

Africa Independent Television (AIT) has gained much coverage. They launched their signal in the United States of America on September 20, 2003. Presently, the signals of AIT are received as far as the entire United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

Chief Dokpesi’s first business was the first indigenous Shipping Line in Africa. It was established in the 1980s, which helped in the formulation of the popular Nigerian Shipping Policy Act (decree) of 1986. Today, Dokpesi is regarded as the media guru of Nigeria. Some also refer to him as the Ted Turner of Nigeria.

The media mogul started his early schooling with Loyola College Ibadan. After which he joined the Immaculate Conception College (ICC) Benin city where he was the pioneer member of Ozolua Play house, a dance/drama group. He did his undergraduate studies in the University of Benin, Edo State and completed his studies at University of Gdansk, Poland where he earned his Doctorate degree in Marine Engineering. His studies, from secondary school to university level were sponsored by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

He has contributed to the global TV and radio broadcasting market which is expected to grow from $317.05 billion in 2020 to $347.81 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7%. The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $433.94 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 6%.

Life isn’t about finding yourself; it is about creating and recreating yourself which has made you a pacesetter for the media practitioners. Happy birthday to the media guru @70.


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