Media Mogul Raymond Dokpesi Passes Away, Leaving a Lasting Legacy in Nigeria’s Broadcasting Industry
Prominent media mogul and esteemed Chairman of Daar Communications Limited, Raymond Dokpesi, has sadly passed away, according to an official statement released on Monday by his son, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr., who currently serves as Chairman of the company. Dokpesi’s demise has left a void in the media industry, as his exceptional achievements and lasting impact remain unparalleled. Here, we delve into the remarkable legacy of the late Dokpesi, shedding light on key aspects of his life and career.Born on October 25, 1951, Dokpesi embarked on a journey that would be marked by groundbreaking endeavors and significant contributions to various fields.His educational pursuit commenced at Loyola College Ibadan, where he received his early schooling before proceeding to Immaculate Conception College in Benin City for his secondary education. Seeking further knowledge, Dokpesi pursued his tertiary studies at the University of Benin. Driven by a thirst for knowledge, he pursued higher education abroad, ultimately earning his Masters and doctorate degrees from Wyzsza Szokta Morska Gdynia and the University of Gdansk Sopot in Poland.Dokpesi’s career began in 1969 when he joined the Nigerian Ports Authority as a Marine Office Cadet, laying the foundation for his future achievements.A notable milestone in Dokpesi’s career was becoming the first person to obtain a license for private radio broadcasting in Nigeria, which led to the establishment of Raypower 100.5FM. Additionally, his television station, Africa Independent Television, made history as the first African broadcast station to transmit to the United States.From October to December 1983, Dokpesi served as the Chief of Staff of the Gongola State Government. Subsequently, he assumed the role of Managing Director at African Ocean Line Limited from 1984 to 1988, further diversifying his professional portfolio.In 2016, Dokpesi faced legal proceedings related to allegations of money laundering and breaching the Procurement Act, connected to the disbursement of N2.1 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki. However, on April 1, 2021, the Court of Appeal in Abuja acquitted and discharged him of all charges, affirming his innocence.Throughout his career, Dokpesi collaborated with various government parastatals, including serving as the Head of the Water Transport Division at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Aviation on secondment from Nigerian Ports Plc between 1978 and 1983, showcasing his versatile expertise.In recognition of his exceptional contributions, Dokpesi was honored with the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) national award in 2008, underscoring his profound impact on Nigerian society.A pioneer in his field, Dokpesi successfully established Nigeria’s first indigenous shipping line, a remarkable achievement that significantly contributed to the growth and development of the nation’s maritime industry.Despite facing significant adversity, Dokpesi contracted COVID-19 but ultimately emerged triumphant, displaying resilience and fortitude in the face of the global pandemic.The passing of Raymond Dokpesi signifies the end of an era, leaving behind a remarkable legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. His unparalleled contributions to the media landscape and his tireless efforts to advance Nigeria’s broadcasting industry have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the nation.