The family of the Writer and Filmmaker Biyi Bandele announced that the has died. He died in Lagos at the age of 54.
According to a statement by daughter Temi Bandele, he passed on, on Sunday, August 7.
Her statement reads:
“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 filmmaker, as well as a loyal friend and beloved father. 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.”
Biyi Bandele was born on October 13, 1967 in Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna to parents from Abeokuta, Ogun State, he was studying dramatic arts at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, when he won the BBC Playwriting Competition, and thereafter moved to England where he had a flourishing career as a writer.
He co-directed Blood Sisters, a four-part Netflix Original series by EbonyLife Films.
His earlier works include Half of a Yellow Sun adapted from Chimamanda Adichie’s novel of the same title and Fifty another EbonyLife production.
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