High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi is a first-class Graduate of Marine Transport Engineering from the University of Gdansk Sopot in Poland where he graduated and was the Best Graduating student in fifty years in Marine Transport Engineering. He had his Masters also with Distinction and Doctorate Degrees in Poland in Economics Science specializing in Transportation Engineering and Marine Economics respectively. He hails from Agenebode in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. He was born on the October 25, 1951 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He attended Loyola College, Ibadan and Immaculate Conception College, Benin City before proceeding to Poland after working briefly with the Nigerian Ports Authority. He attended Wyxsa Szokta Morska Gdynia and University of Gdansk Sopot for his Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate Degrees.
He lectured in the University of Gdansk, Poland in 1977 before proceeding to Nigeria on the invitation of the then Head of State who was on a state visit to Poland. Dokpesi was a member of the Polish Government Delegation that received the Nigerian Head of State. He was the President of African Students Union while schooling in Poland.
- He worked with the Federal Ministry of Transport as the Head of Water Transport Division on secondment from Nigerian Ports, Plc (NTCC) between 1978 and 82.
- Chief of Staff of the Gongola State Government from October to December 1983.
- Managing Director of the first indigenous shipping line in the country – African Ocean Line Limited from 1984 – 88,
- Chairman of Baldok Shipping Lines Limited
- Executive Chairman – DAAR Investment & Holding Company Limited and Rimat Properties Limited.
- Executive Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc: Proprietor/operator of the first Independent Radio Station in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, RayPower 100.5FM, Africa Independent Television (AIT), the first Afrocentric Global Television Station, the fully indigenous Cable Satellite Television – Daarsat and Faaji FM, a Yoruba language-based Radio Station.
High Chief Dokpesi’s remarkable role in broadcasting in Nigeria apart from pioneering private radio and global satellite broadcasting, upon the deregulation of the broadcast sector in 1992, was the revolutionizing of the sector through the introduction of 24 hours transmission on both radio and television right from inception, introduction of cyber and chroma technology for television operations and digitalized audio and video signals on both radio and television. Through his efforts Africa Independent Television (AIT) became the first African broadcast station to transmit into/from the United States of America (USA).
To his credit and exceptional scholarship prowess are the following publications:
- Optimal size of Tankers for Nigerian International Trade (1974),
- West African Shipping Range (1975),
- Technological Changes in Shipping and its impact on Ports (1976).
- Consultation Machinery in Shipping – The West African Experience (1978),
- International Multi-modal Transport System – Implication on Nigeria Economy (1980),
- Thoughts on Nigerian National Shipping Policy (1981),
- Fiscal and Financial Arrangements to Encourage Investment in Shipping in Nigeria (1984),
- Problems of Line Shipping Policy and the review of the United Nations Convention on a Code of Conduct Linear Conferences – Present Status and Prospects (1984),
- Security in Cargo Handling – The Nigerian Experience (1985),
- Bulk Fleet Development (1986),
- The Role of Seaports in the structural Adjustment Programme (1986),
- The Issue of a Shipping Agent in the Maritime Industry (1987),
- The Role of Shipping Agents in Maritime Industry (1987).
He is a Fellow of several professional and management institutes:
- The Nigerian Institute of Shipping (1989),
- Chartered Institute of Transport (1991),
- Institute of Transport Administration (1991),
- Nigerian Institute of Management (1992)
- Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (1987).
The followings are some of the National Assignments that he had been called upon at various times to perform for Nigeria:
- Member – Presidential Committee on Long Term Measure to solve Piracy and Security Problems in Nigerian Sea Ports and Territorial Waters (1981),
- Member – Chief of Defence Staff Board on Boarders and Harbor Security Force (1982),
- Member – Committee on Decentralization of Nigeria Ports Plc (1983),
- Member – Shipping Policy Implementation Committee (1985),
- Member – Committee on the commercialization of Nigeria Ports Plc (1987).
The President of Nigeria, considering his exceptional, remarkable and avowed commitments to the cause of the country both internally and internationally; most especially the successful hosting of the FIFA U17 World Cup on behalf of the Country by Africa Independent Television (AIT), conferred him with the National Honour of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in Feb, 2008. He is the brain behind several political Presidential and Governorship Election Debates in the Country since the return to Democracy in 1999, a feat he re-enacted in Sierra-Leone in 2013. He was the pioneer President of the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBAN) and Co-Chairman of the Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (BON).
He is a recipient of several national and international awards amongst which is the Gold Medal for Excellence in Business Practice, awarded by the Foundation for Excellence in Business Practice, an organ of the United Nations based in Geneva, Switzerland.