Breaking: AIT/RayPower founder, Raymond Dokpesi is dead

Founder of African Independent Television, AIT/RayPower, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, is dead.

His son, Raymond Dokpesi, Jrn, in a statement on Monday, announcing the death, said: “It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Chief Raymond Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom) who passed away on May 29, 2023.

“Chief Dokpesi was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
“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.

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“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. May his soul rest in peace,” he added.
Chief Dokpesi, was born October 25, 1951, in Ibadan. His parents are from Agenebode, Edo State in a family including six sisters siblings. He entered the Nigerian mass media industry with his company DAAR Communications and set-up the Nigerian TV network Africa Independent Television, AIT.

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He was the organising committee chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, national conference in 2015.

As of March 2020, he is still undergoing a trial on corruption charges. In May 2020, Dokpesi became a COVID-19 survivor.

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