Raymond Dokpesi is a Nigerian media entrepreneur and founder of the African Independent Television (AIT), a major television network in Nigeria.
Raymond Dokpesi Biography
Raymond Dokpesi was born on October 25, 1951, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He hails from Agenebode, Edo State, Nigeria. He obtained his secondary education at the Baptist Academy in Lagos before attending the University of Göttingen in Germany, where he studied Urban and Regional Planning. He later obtained a Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Management from the University of Giessen, Germany.
Raymond Dokpesi Age
He was 71 years old at the time.
Raymond Dokpesi Career
Dr. Raymond Dokpesi started as the personal assistant to Alhaji Bamaga Tukur one of the general managers of the Nigerian Ports Authority. Dokpesi also served as a civil servant in the Federal Ministry of Transport under Alhaji Umaru Dikko and General Garba Wushishi. The association of Raymond Dokpesi with the likes of the Tukurs and the late Abiola resulted in the birth of African Ocean Lines (AOL).
Dokpesi is known for his contributions to the media industry in Nigeria. In 1996, he founded DAAR Communications Plc., the parent company of AIT and Raypower FM, a radio station. Under his leadership, AIT became one of Nigeria's leading television networks, providing news, entertainment, and other programming to a wide audience.
Raymond Dokpesi has been involved in Nigerian politics as well. He contested for the position of National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 but was unsuccessful in his bid.
Dokpesi had received awards to his credit on behalf of DAAR Communications Plc and had been conferred titles from his hometown in appreciation of his tremendous efforts towards Nigeria. His hometown conferred two chieftaincy titles upon him, both of which are only bestowed on worthy sons. He was the Oghieumua and Ezomo of Weppa Wanno, Edo State, as well as the Araba of Osoroland, Okpe. According to Ojewale (2004), as mentioned during the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award ceremony in Accra, and the Foundation for Excellence in Business Practice Geneva Switzerland, Dokpesi was praised for Daar communications rise to the top in Africa and contributions of Radio and Television station that has placed Nigeria on the world map.
Raymond Dokpesi Cause of Death
Raymond Dokpesi suffered a stroke shortly after the 2023 Ramadan fast, and eventually died on May 29, 2023
Raymond Dokpesi Wife and Children
Raymond Dokpesi was married to Tosin Dokpesi. In 2020, Dokpesi and members of his family were hospitalized at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital after they were diagnosed with COVID-19.
Dokpesi and two of his grandchildren were discharged on 14 May 2020 after they all tested negative for remains of COVID-19. At the time of this discharge, however, Dokpesi's son Raymond Jr. and other family members were still receiving treatment.
Raymond Dokpesi Net Worth
Raymond Dokpesi has an estimated Net Worth of $50 million.