It was with great shock that we learnt on Monday, May 29, 2023, of the passage of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, OFR, founding Chairman of the media behemoth, Daar Communications Plc . He was 71.
Chief Dokpesi, a trained Marine Engineer and politician, pioneered private radio and television broadcating in the country with the establishment in 1994, of Ray Power, an Fm radio station and the Africa Independent Television (AIT), two years later.
A seasoned politician, High Chief Dokpesi, held various strategic positions in the People's Democratic Party, (PDP) and acquitted himself. .
Very unassuming and a philanthropist , he touched several lives, while also using the instrumentality of his media platform to give voice to the voiceless.
While we commiserate with members of the media fraterniity, his immediate and political families , on this irreparable loss, we are consoled by the fact that he left behind an enduring legacy of hard work and selflessness.
We encourage our youth to emulate his industry, modesty and passion for the people.
The nation has lost a great pioneer, a patriot , an advocate of good governance /a free press and the right of people to know.
Kabiru A. Yusuf
President Nigeria Press Organisation /
Newspaper Proprietors' Association Of Nigeria
May 31, 2023