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Outpouring of support, tributes over Raymond Dokpesi’s death at 71

Late High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, Founder of DAAR Communications Plc

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, and several other Nigerians have continued to express condolences over the death of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, Founder of DAAR Communications Plc, who passed away Monday, May 29, 2023, in Abuja

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigerians from all walks of life have continued to express condolences over the death of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom), Founder of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM.

ConsumerConnect reports Chief Dokpesi, chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and media mogul, died Monday, May 29, 2023, at a hospital in Abuja, FCT,  of an illness at age 71.

Confirming the death of the pioneer Chairman of DAAR Communications Monday, Mr. Tony Akiotu, FNGE, Group Managing Director (GMD) of the company, in a statement said, “The Board and Management of DAAR Communications Plc wish to inform the general public of the death of our Founder, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, which sad event occurred today, Monday, 29th May, 2023.”

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.

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He as well stated: “Further announcement as regard the burial arrangement will be made by the family.”

President Tinubu, Atiku, others condole with AIT, family over Dokpesi’s death

In his reaction to the demise of the foremost media entrepreneur, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, in a statement Abdulaziz Abdulaziz issued from the Office of the President Monday, expressed sadness over the death of the Founder of Daar Communications, owners of AIT) and Raypower, Tinubu described Dokpesi’s death as a huge loss to the Nigerian media industry and the country.

The President stated: “The death of High Chief Raymond Dokpesi is a blow to the media industry where he has played pioneering roles in private broadcasting.

“His pacesetting investment in the industry is an inspiration to many who come after him.”

He also said: “The history of the evolution of the Nigerian media industry will be incomplete without prominent mention of Dokpesi and his giant footprints on the media landscape.

“I express my sincere condolences to the management and staff of DAAR Communications and the family of the late media entrepreneur for this monumental loss.”

‘Ezomo’ was an enigmatic business personality, newsmaker, says Atiku

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigerian Vice-President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2023 Electrons has also condoled with the family of late Dokpesi.

Atiku, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, noted that late High Chief Dokpesi was a trailblazer, who reshaped the Nigerian business landscape in every sphere of his endeavour.

The former Vice-President said: “Ezomo, as we fondly called him, was an enigmatic business personality, a newsmaker in life and, sadly, even in death.”

The statement also noted that Atiku’s immediate reaction to the news was an expression of grief and shock.

Ibe quoted him as saying: “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! I am in a state of shock!”

Atiku also stated: “As we say in Islam: from God we came and to Him we return. I am in prayers and will continue in prayers!

“My everlasting and deepest condolences to the Raymond Dokpesi family. May God forgive his sins and grant him eternal rest. Ezomo, not on a date like this should you leave us!”

According to him, Dokpesi entered the corporate landscape at a relatively young age, proving the merit of his creativity with distinction.

Atiku further disclosed he enjoyed a close-knit relationship with the late Dokpesi.

“Ezomo was my friend, brother, counsellor and associate, all rolled into one.

“He was honest, detribalised, loyal, and supremely hard working. Once committed to a cause, he will see it to a conclusion,” he said.

He also expressed his condolences to the management and staff of AIT, the PDP, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, and the people and government of Edo State.

Olaniyi Adeosun, in a blog post as well expressed sympathy to the family of late High Chief Dokpesi, and wrote: “A collosus has fallen. An elephant has gone home to rest.”

Another Nigerian a tweeted: “Edo State, indeed, Nigeria has lost a rare personality, employer of labour, media mogul, a great businessman a philanthropist. May his soul rest in peace.”

In his tribute to late Dokpesi, Mr. Chris Uwaje describing him in a blog post said, “an extraordinary Iroko Emeritus of the Media signs off in style. What a loss.”

Edward Adebayo also noted: “My deepest condolences to the DAAR Communications and his immediate family!

“May his soul rest in peace and may the Holy Spirit – the Comforter, comfort the family.”

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