30th May, 2023
By Nimot Sulaimon
High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the founder of African Independent Television (AIT), died in Abuja at the age of 71. He was a man of valour with many accomplishments.
Raymond Dokpesi Jr., Chairman of Daar Communications, confirmed his father’s death in a statement on Monday.
Dokpesi was a chainbreaker before his death, paving the way in a variety of endeavours. The following are some of the late chief’s notable accomplishments.
1. He established the first indigenous shipping line in Nigeria.
2. He established the first privately owned radio station Raypower FM in Nigeria.
3. He pioneered Nigeria’s First global TV which was Africa’s first-ever Satellite TV station.
4. He established the first TV station to run 24-hour broadcasting in Nigeria.
5. He launched the African Independent signals in the United States.
6. He was the Chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria.
7. He assisted in the formulation of the Nigerian Shipping Policy Act(decree) of 1986.
8. In 2008, Dokpesi was conferred with a National Honour of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).
9. He was the Oghieumua and Ezomo of Weppa Wanno, Edo State, as well as the Araba of Osoroland, Okpe.
10. A Philantropist, Dokpesi built schools for the community and also offered scholarships to prospective students into tertiary institutions.