Today marks one year of my friend’s passing Daniel Jibrin (AKA DANOSAUR), today brings an array of emotions and memories. Reliving the last day I saw him in the studio, reliving some of the last conversations I had with him, going to his house the week of his death and meeting so many people with different amazing stories of Dan.
In the days and weeks after my friend’s death, most of my memories were short term: the ones in the first days without hearing his voice on radio, the days without going to the studio to talk about our various projects. The first few days were too painful to bear I’d cry myself to sleep every night that week. But slowly those painful memories faded allowing room for memories of happier times and funnier moments. And when it was time for me to move on I felt so guilty, because I didn’t want to leave the memory of Dan behind.
A year like this past one has a funny way of changing you, certainly puts things into perspective, and makes you into a different person. I became more protective of the people I love, didn’t take anything or anyone for granted.
I have also learnt about the importance of remembering. It’s a way to honor your loved ones life, to talk about funny stories and to share those memories with others. Dan brought me new family and friends, through his death I became closer to Kiss FM Abuja staff, I met all the amazing OAP (on-air- personality) Anita, Gang, Yecenu. Dan made me see the world differently. One of Dan beliefs in life was the importance of being authentic with people, being real, pursue your dreams and never give up. My friend Dan was sweet, funny. I always admired how he never judged or forced his opinions on anyone. He made the dreams of many young Abuja artists come true, promoting their songs on radio through his show “Kip It or Rip It”
Dan will forever remain in my heart and I will never forget him. The seasons keep coming and going, the pages of the calendar keep flipping, the world keeps spinning, new life is created, and new memories are made. Dan I hope you forgive me for the many times I ignored you or brushed you off. I know you are in better place. Dan I know if you were here today you’d say “Rhoda you have lost so much weight, oh Rhoda please eat meat and stop this vegan talk, Rhoda you know you can achieve anything you want to achieve, Rhoda just believe anything is possible, Rhoda I am proud of you”
I miss you Dan,I miss you so much
I will see you again Dan