Raymond Dokpesi is dead


By Abimbola Mohammed

Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, the veteran media entrepreneur, founder of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power ( DAAR Communications) is dead.

According to the words  of an anonymous source close to the family, Raymond Dokpesi fell off a treadmill in his Abuja home on Monday morning. The accident led to his death.

The deceased had suffered a stroke in February but was believed to be recuperating.

Dr 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.

Raymond Anthony Aleogho Dokpesi (25 October 1951 – 29 May 2023) in Ibadan was a Nigerian media entrepreneur. His parents are from Agenebode, Edo State in a family including six sisters siblings.

He entered the Nigerian mass media industry with his company DAAR Communications and set-up the Nigerian TV network Africa Independent Television (AIT) He was the Organising Committee Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party national conference in 2015. In May 2020, Dokpesi became a COVID-19 survivor. He suffered a stroke shortly after the 2023 Ramadan fast, and eventually died today 29th May, 2023.


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