30th May, 2023
By Jethro Ibileke
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has described the late Founder of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, as an illustrious son of Edo, who recorded indelible achievements that marked him out as one of Nigeria’s most impactful media executives.
He stated this in a statement to mourn the passing of the “pioneer of private broadcast media in Nigeria”.
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.”
Obaseki noted that Dokpesi established the Africa Independent Television (AIT), which recorded many firsts in the broadcasting business, becoming Nigeria’s first satellite television.
“He expanded the enterprise to North America and Europe, promoting Nigeria’s outstanding entrepreneurial flair.
“He was a formidable Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bringing his experience and expertise to bear in handling party affairs.
“A worthy ambassador of the Edo State, Chief Dopkesi will be remembered for his knack for excellence and unwavering spirit of enterprise.
“I commiserate with the Dokpesi family, the good people of Weppa-Wanno, the Board and management of Daar Communications as well as friends and associates and pray that God will grant all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.