The death has just been announced of film director Biyi Bandele! The sad news came in today through his daughter Temi.  She released this statement on her Facebook page.

Biyi Bandele

‘As Biyi’s daughter, I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday 7th of August in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele.

 

 

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Biyi was a prodigiously talented writer and film-maker, 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.
                                               = Temi Bandele
He had a very illustrious career which saw him direct films such as ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun, ‘Blood Sister’, ‘Fifty’ and ‘Eleshin Oba’ – a film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death & The King’s Horseman which was to screen next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. He will indeed be sorely missed.

By Bola Aduwo

Bola wears several hats. She writes screenplay for movies, she does PR and promotion and is also a Content Producer. She is a die hard fan of Jesus, Nollywood, Africa, The Arts/Entertainment and in that order.

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