Popular filmmaker and talented writer, Biyi Bandele has been confirmed dead at 54.
His daughter, Temi Biyi-Bandele announced the sad news of his passing in the late hours of Monday, August 8, 2022.
According to her statement, he died on Sunday August 7, 2022 in Lagos.
“I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday 7th of August in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele. Biyi was a prodigiously talented writer and film-maker, as well as a loyal friend and beloved father,” the statement read.
“He was a storyteller to his bones, with an unblinking perspective, singular voice and wisdom which spoke boldly through all of his art, in poetry, novels, plays and on screen. He told stories which made a profound impact and inspired many all over the world. His legacy will live on through his work.”
“He was taken from us much too soon. He had already said so much so beautifully, and had so much more to say. We ask everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and friends as we grieve his loss,” she added.
Bandele was a novelist, playwright and filmmaker. He was a dedicated artist known with a strong passion for life and a string of successes in his writing and filmmaking career.
He was famously known for some of his outstanding works such as directing Half of a Yellow Sun (Shareman Media & State Films, 2013) adapted from Chimamanda Adichie’s novel of same title and EbonyLife’s Fifty in 2015.
He also co-directed Blood Sisters, a 4-part Netflix-original television drama series, also for EbonyLife Films in 2022.
May his soul rest in peace!