Nigerian Film director and writer, Biyi Bandele, has died. His death was announced in
a statement released by his daughter, Temi Bandele.
Bandele, famous for directing the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s classic
novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, is said to have died on Sunday, August 7. The cause of his
death has not been revealed. He was 54 years old.
“I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday 7th of
August in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele,” the statement announcing his death said.
“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 that spoke boldly through all of his art, in poetry,
novels, plays, and on screen. He told stories that 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