The prolific filmmaker Biyi Bandele 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,” Temi Bandele wrote on Facebook.
“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.”
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The surprising information was released just a few weeks before Netflix and EbonyLife’s historical film Elesin Oba. Which he also directed and adapted for the big screen, had its Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) premiere.
Thandiwe Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor starred in Bandele’s 2013 film adaption of the famous Chimamanda book “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which was directed by Bandele.