Biyi Bandele, a co-director of the Netflix Nigerian series ‘Blood Sisters’ and director of Novelist Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is dead.
The director and filmmaker died in Lagos, on Sunday August 7, 2022, according to a statement released by his daughter.
“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. 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 wrote on Facebook.
Biyi Bandele’s death comes weeks to the Toronto International Film Festival premier of the Netflix and Ebonylife TV co-production “Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman the screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka‘s stage play Death and the King’s Horseman which he directed.
He was a UK-Based Nigerian Novelist, Playwright and Filmmaker. Biyi Bandele’s novels include The Man who Came In From The Back of Beyond (1991) and The Street (1999).