Veteran On-Air personality, Dan Foster has passed on and many Nigerians have identified with him and his family.
While details of his death are still unknown, some sources say the City FM presenter died of coronavirus and on Twitter, many people have shared what the loss means to them personally and what it evidently means in the Nigerian media space.
Many Nigerians have also pointed out that Dan Foster and his impact in radio and the media in general, may not be replaced.
Rest well, Dan Foster.
Peace to the dearly departed. Peace to the fallen. ??? pic.twitter.com/rrgiqT4rHg
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) June 17, 2020
He was my 'companion' for years, on my way to and from the island, those early morning and evening drives along Eko Bridge. May your soul rest in peace Dan Foster. pic.twitter.com/FCLBAaKKZm
— Unoma Ashibuogwu (@UnomaAshibuogwu) June 17, 2020
I would race to my radio to listen to who Dan Foster was going to Prank.
Thank you for the impact
Thank you for the time you spent with us.
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) June 17, 2020
Popularly called ‘The Big Dawg,‘ Dan was a Nigerian broadcaster and On-Air personality with many years of experience. Before relocating back to Nigeria, Foster anchored a number of shows for radio stations in the United States of America. He joined Cool FM in 2000 where he stayed till 2009, before moving on to join Inspiration FM and later, City FM.
We had Lagos OAPs pre and post Dan Foster.
Pre Dan Foster, very few had "abroadian accents".
Post Dan Foster, that changed.
He was a giant; changed radio in Lagos.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) June 17, 2020
Dan Foster’s voice was a huge part of my growing up. His voice on Cool FM. His playfulness. His kindness. Long before I saw what he looked like, his voice communicated his personality in a way no picture needed to. This one is one loss too many. This is a really sad day.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 17, 2020
This is painful. I listened to Dan Foster on radio for a long time. Nah mehn 2020….You've taken too much.
Rest in Peace King! pic.twitter.com/4FNExidoP4
— E L O⚡️O N A M (@Elozonam1) June 17, 2020
He became popular in the country for his role as one of the judges on the Idols West Africa series alongside Dede Mabiaku and Ghanaian, Abrewa Nana in 2007. He later became a judge at the music talent reality TV show, Nigeria’s Got Talent alongside actress Kate Henshaw and comedian, Yibo Koko.
The radio presenter also had a short feature in Nollywood which revealed just how talented he was in the media space.
Popular Nigerian-American broadcaster, Dan Foster, allegedly dies of COVID-19. This virus is slowly killing people in Nigeria. Please, ụmụnne m continue to stay safe and wash your hands regularly. Agwuo nọkwa na akirika. pic.twitter.com/v4eIsbFl1m
— Unu Amaro Kam Sịrị Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) June 17, 2020
Yet to read a decent obituary of Dan Foster. A Black American who chose to settle in Lagos, he was a huge influence on Nigerian radio from the early 2000s. Will like to read his story. Who was he? What motivated him? He obviously touched a number of lives. May he rest.
— Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún (@kolatubosun) June 17, 2020
Foster was brought up with his three siblings in Washington, D.C. by their father – their mother had died when he was ten – but partly raised in Baltimore by his grandmother. As a teenager, Foster was rebellious but soon joined the Marines and attended Morgan State University where he studied Broadcasting and Drama.
He was married with three children.
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