Dan Foster (DJ)

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Daniel Foster
Born Washington, D.C., United States
Nationality American
Occupation DJ, Radio producer
Spouse(s) Lovina Foster, née Okpara
Children 3

Daniel 'Dan' Foster - popularly known as The Big Dawg and Top Dawg[1] - is a Nigerian-based American radio presenter. Formerly an Idol series judge [2] he also held a similar position with the Got Talent franchise.[3]

Early life[edit]

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.[4] 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 [5] 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 derriere).[2] 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.[2] 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.[6]

In September 2009, Foster left Cool FM for a new radio station Inspiration FM,[7] but left in 2014 to join City FM.[8]

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


In 2007, Foster was a judge on the one-off Idols West Africa series, alongside Nigerian Dede Mabiaku and Ghanaian Abrewa Nana. During the show's run he was compared to American counterpart Randy Jackson, although he received some criticism for not attending the Ghana auditions.[9] He is currently a judge on Nigeria's Got Talent alongside actress Kate Henshaw and comedian Yibo Koko.[citation needed]

Other ventures[edit]

In 2001, Foster featured in the Nollywood movie Face of a Liar,.[4][10]

Personal life[edit]

Foster has a son, Joshua, from his previous marriage. Now married to a Nigerian, Lovina, the couple are parents of daughter Daniella and son Somtochukwu.[11][12]


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  2. ^ a b c "M-Net Names Idols West Africa Judges - Abrewa Nana Included | Music 2007-01-16". Ghanaweb.com. 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria: Kate Henshaw, Dan Foster and Koko Named Judges for Nigeria Got Talent Show". Allafrica.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  4. ^ a b "I Left Cool FM Because I Wanted To Grow -Dan Foster". Modernghana.com. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121225212312/http://www.gottalentnigeria.com/judges.php. Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Idols West Africa: What You Need To Know | Tashi's TV". TVSA. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100702063040/http://lagosevents.com/923-inspiration-fm-debuts-in-lagos/entertainment/admin/2008. Archived from the original on July 2, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Dan Foster joins City FM 105.1 | Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". Thenet.ng. 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  9. ^ "M-Net Names Idols West Africa Judges - Abrewa Nana Included | Music 2007-01-16". Ghanaweb.com. 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Home | Thisday Live". Thisdayonline.com. Archived from the original on 2005-01-15. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  11. ^ "Dan Foster'S Wife Delivers Baby Girl". Modernghana.com. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Inspiration 92.3FM | Presenters". Inspirationradiong.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29.