The founder of frontline media outfits, Raypower Fm and African Independent Television, AIT, has passed on.
According to a friend of the family who asked not to be named, Mr. Dokpesi fell off a treadmill in his Abuja home on Monday morning. The accident led to his death. The deceased, 71, had suffered a stroke in February but was believed to be recuperating.
Reports have it that the media industry pioneer and philanthropist gave up the ghost today May 29th, 2023 after a brief illness.
Mr. Dokpesi was the brain behind Nigeria’s first private radio, Ray Power FM, and African Independent Television (AIT) in 1993 after the broadcast industry was deregulated in 1992.
Mr Dokpesi’s son, Raymond Dokpesi (JNR) later confirmed the death in a statement issued on behalf of his family.
“The family will release further details on the funeral arrangements in due course,” he said.
Read the full statement by the family below.
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom) who passed away on May 29th, 2023. High Chief Dokpesi was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
High Chief Dokpesi was also a respected and accomplished businessman, a pioneer in the media industry, and a philanthropist who dedicated his life to the service of his country and his community. His legacy will live on through the impact he made on the lives of many.
The Dokpesi family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of our patriarch. We also ask for privacy during this time as we grieve together as a family.
The family will release further details on the funeral arrangements in due course. He is survived by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. May God repose his beautiful soul.