AIT Founder and PDP Chieftain, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Passes Away at Age 71

AIT Founder and PDP Chieftain, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Passes Away at Age 71

In a profoundly saddening turn of events, the Nigerian media industry and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have lost a titan, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the illustrious founder of DAAR Communications. The influential media magnate and respected PDP chieftain took his last breath on a quiet Monday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. His life was a tapestry of personal and professional triumphs, woven together over the span of his 71 years.

Raymond Dokpesi’s media empire, DAAR Communications, includes broadcasting powerhouses such as the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM, which stand as towering edifices to his indomitable spirit, dynamism, and visionary leadership in the Nigerian media landscape. His contributions to the industry have been monumental, lending a strong voice to the nation’s socio-political discourse.

The heartbreaking news of his demise was confirmed by his son, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, who issued an official statement to the public. The statement conveyed the profound grief of a family coming to terms with an irreplaceable loss.

The statement read: “With hearts burdened by profound sadness, yet filled with immense gratitude for a life well-lived, we announce the passing of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom), who breathed his last on May 29th, 2023.

“A beacon of love and generosity, High Chief Dokpesi was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather. His infectious spirit drew many towards him, making him a dear friend to countless individuals. His absence will leave a void that can never be filled.

“Beyond his family life, High Chief Dokpesi was a man who wore many hats with grace. His remarkable journey as a successful businessman, a trailblazer in the media sector, and a philanthropist par excellence, speak volumes of his commitment to his nation and community. The enormity of his contributions will ensure that his legacy lives on, continuing to inspire many in the days to come.

“As we grapple with the immense loss of our patriarch, we have been comforted by the deluge of love and support from all quarters. We implore you to hold us in your thoughts and prayers during this challenging time. We kindly request respect for our privacy as we navigate this path of grief, drawing strength from each other as a family.

“We shall share further details concerning funeral arrangements as we are able to in due course.

“We take solace in the belief that his soul has found eternal rest and peace.”

The loss of Chief Raymond Dokpesi marks the end of an era, but his life’s work in the media industry and political space will continue to shape generations. His indelible impact will forever be etched in the annals of Nigeria’s history.

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