Popular Nigerian Novelist and director, Biyi Bandele has transitioned to the other side, the movie director is dead.

The talented filmmaker who is also a co-director of the Netflix original series, “Blood Sisters” died in Lagos on Sunday, August 7th, 2022 according to a statement released by his daughter.

The news of his death was made public by his daughter, Temi Bandele as she took to her Facebook page to release a statement following the passing 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 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 his loss.”

The devastating news is coming barely weeks before the historical Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) premiere of Netflix and EbonyLife’s “Elesin Oba” which he directed and adapted for the screen.

Biyi Bandele, is a Nigerian Novelist, Playwright, director of Half of a yellow sun, and Co-director of Blood sisters.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.




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