Tribute : How Late Dr Raymond Dokpesi Made Music Star "Lagbaja" A Global Brand By CKN


While contributing as a guest on AIT Kakaaki Newspaper Headlines Review on Monday 5th June 2023 , the Editor in Chief of CKN News Chris Kehinde  Nwandu while paying tribute to the Late founder of Daar Communications Dr Raymond Dokpesi stated how the Media Mogul helped in reshaping the carrier of a relatively unknown artiste then Lagbaja

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In 1996 or so as the Artiste and Promotoons Manager of one of the biggest Music Company in Nigeria then ( Sony Music ) when Lagbaja was to release his album Coolu Temper, Lagbaja and I went to Raypower FM then at Alagbado Lagos to seek their support to promote the yet to be released album

On getting to Daar Communication, we met Keke Ogungbe who requested we to go to the library to listen to the songs, so we could select the one hit songs to hit air waves with,  out of the about 12 songs in the album.

But something miraculous happened as we were listening to the songs, Chief Raymond Dokpesi) walked into the library. He heard one of the tracks and asked whose song it was.

We told him it was Lagbaja’s songs. He knew Lagbaja because he was presenting Satz n Jazz on Raypower then.

Dokpesi fell in love with the album especially Baby Ta ni kofe wa, Coolu Temper and the remix of KWAM 1 song Baby mi Show Colour re and he instantly gave instructions that no presenter should go on air on Raypower FM without playing a track from the album.

He asked the GM Kenny Ogungbe to issue a memo to that effect immediately

That was how the deal was signed, sealed and delivered as we say in law.

Within weeks of constant airplay on Raypower FM, without paying a dime Lagbaja’s songs topped all the chats across Nigeria as other stations took it up thereby saving Lagbaja and Sony Music Millions of Naira that would have been paid for promotions

The album went ahead to win several awards within and outside the shores of Nigeria

Those were some of the impacts Late Raymond Dokpesi made in all spheres of human endeavours

Chris Kehinde Nwandu is Editor CKN News and former Artiste and Promotions Manager , Sony Music ( Nigeria)


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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