Lagos NUJ Mourns Raymond Dokpesi, Media Icon

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State Council has expressed grief over the loss of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, a Media Icon and Founder, DAAR Communications Limited who passed on Monday, May 29. NUJ received the news of his demise with shock, especially now that his contributions are highly needed in the overall transformation of the country.

In a release jointly signed by
Adeleye Ajayi
Chairman, and
Babatunde Olalere
Secretary, NUJ Lagos Council stated that High Chief Dokpesi will be remembered as one of the pioneers of 24-hour Television and Radio Broadcasts with the establishment of Africa Independent Television (1996) and Ray Power FM (1993/1994). He also established FAAJI FM in 2012.

According to the release, “(Dokpesi) was a media proprietor who used the media platforms to promote press freedom and democratic values”. It said further that the deceased used his media outlets to provide jobs for thousands of media practitioners.

He played active roles in Nigerian Politics.

High Chief Dokpesi was also a Marine expert who graduated with a First Class Degree in Marine Transport Engineering.

He was the first Managing Director of the first indigenous shipping line – the African Ocean Line and later he established Baldock Shipping Line.

High Chief Dokpesi will forever be remembered for his immense philanthropic gestures.

In view of his numerous contributions to Journalism, High Chief Dokpesi was one of the recipients of the NUJ National/NUJ Lagos Milestone Recognition of Media Icons in Nigeria held on December 8, 2022 in Lagos.

The union prays for the repose of the soul of High Chief Dokpesi and also prays that God will grant his entire family and the staff of DAAR Communications the fortitude to bear the big loss”

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