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Director of the famous movie adaptation “Half of a Yellow Sun,” Biyi Bandele has reportedly died at the age of 54.
His death was announced in a statement signed by his daughter Temi Bandele.
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The 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 famed for his movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s classic novel “Half Of A Yellow Sun.”
The UK-based Nigerian writer turned director is known for his work in “Fifty”, MTV drama series, “Shuga” season three and more recently, the first Netflix Nigerian Original series, Blood Sisters.
While the cause of his death is not yet known, his loss is felt by many at home and abroad.