Renowned novelist and filmmaker, Biyi Bandele, has died.


According to sources, he passed away on Sunday at the age of 54; the cause of death is as yet, unknown.

The filmmaker’s daughter, Temi Bandele took to Facebook to issue a statement following the death of her father.

She wrote:

“I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday 7th of August in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele,” the statement reads.

“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.”


The playwright is popular for directing the movie adaptation of ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’, a Chimamanda Adichie’s phenomenal novel and co-directing the popular series ‘Blood sisters’

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