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The Dokpesi Household Continues To Receive Nigerians, On Condolence Visits As Obaseki Comes With Ikimi, Others

The Oasis Reporters

June 1, 2023







L-R: Chairman, DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tom Ikimi, and General Managing Director, DAAR Communications Plc, Tony Akiotu, during the governor’s condolence visit, at the Dokpesi’s Abuja residence.


Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (right), with the wife of late High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Mrs. Tosin Dokpesi, during the governor’s condolence visit, at the Dokpesi’s Abuja residence.


Nigerians from all walks of life have been paying homage to the home of the Dokpesis in condolence visits commiserating with the family over the loss of their patriarch, Chief Raymond Dokpesi who the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, mourned, describing him as the “pioneer of private broadcast media in Nigeria”

In a statement, the governor had said Chief Dokpesi was an illustrious son of Edo State, who recorded indelible achievements that marked him out as one of Nigeria’s most impactful media executives.



According to him, “The Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno, Chief Dokpesi was an outstanding businessman and indeed, a media mogul, who took the bold step to venture into private broadcasting and broke the ground for many who came after him.

“He was a pacesetter and brave in his quest to build Africa’s most enterprising, private broadcasting brand.

“Chief Dokpesi was a man of many parts. From his early academic exploits as a scholar in Poland, he returned to Nigeria to establish himself as an expert in the shipping business. He set up Nigeria’s first shipping line before venturing into broadcasting upon the deregulation of the media business in the country.”

The governor said Chief Dokpesi established the Africa Independent Television (AIT), which recorded many firsts in the broadcasting business, becoming Nigeria’s first satellite television, adding “He expanded the enterprise to North America and Europe, promoting Nigeria’s outstanding entrepreneurial flair.”

Chief Tom Ikimi, General Managing Director, DAAR Communications Plc, Tony Akiotu, were with Edo state governor during the condolence visit, at the Dokpesi’s Abuja residence.

Second term Peoples Democratic Party governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde also commiserated with the family of Chief Raymond Dokpesi in a tweet.



The Oyo state governor’s mother was from Edo State and remembers Chief Dokpesi as a respected elder statesman and member of the Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee of the
the Peoples Democratic Party as well as remembering him for his “patriotism, philanthropy and contributions as a pioneer in independent broadcasting in Nigeria”.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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