Dan Foster reportedly dies of COVID-19

Dan Foster

Popular Nigeria-based American broadcaster, Dan Foster has reportedly died of Novel Coronavirus.

Dan Foster who made debut his radio career in Nigeria at Cool FM 96.9, became a national sensation and a darling of the Lagos radio audience listening because of his originality and creativity.

There are no available information as to where he died, but dan Foster has been based in Nigeria for decades, contributing immensely to the Nigerian radio and entertainment industry.

Frank Edoho, popular Who Wants to be a Millionaire anchor confirmed his death on his Twitter handle saying: “I just got off the phone, my friend Oscar confirmed that Dan Foster has passed on. This is a very very dark year. How can I overcome this unending melancholy. Rest in Peace, dear Friend.”

Daniel ‘Dan’ Foster – popularly known as The Big Dawg and Top Dawg- is a Nigerian-based American radio personality. Formerly an Idol series judge he also held a similar position with the Got Talent franchise.

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.

Foster worked with numerous radio stations including Cathy Hughes Radio One, Mix 106.5 both in America, and Virgin Island-based WTBN before moving to Nigeria in 2000 where he joined Cool FM, quickly becoming popular with Nigerian listeners, although he was constantly criticised for his constant use of the word “Ikebe” (Nigerian pidgin for derrière). A year later, he received an award for Best Radio Presenter of the year. He also won the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Nigeria Media Merit Awards for ‘Best Radio Personality’.

Foster has also been recognised by the City People Awards: a respected organisation known for recognising outstanding individuals who have touched the lives of citizens in the community, they have named him “Media Person of the year” in 2004 and again in 2005.

He was also the creator and director of the Cool Fm Praise Jam concerts that have taken place since 2004, with a total of over 22, 000 people in attendance.

In September 2009, Foster left Cool FM for a new radio station Inspiration FM, but left in 2014 to join City FM.

In May 2016, Dan Foster left City FM 105.1 to join Classic FM 97.3 radio station where he currently works.