Foremost Nigerian movie director, Biyi Bandele has died.
Moji Delano gathered Bandele, who is the director of Netflix‘s original movie, Blood Sisters and responsible for the adaptation movie of Chimamanda Adichie‘s Half Of A Yellow Sun unexpectedly died on Sunday, August 7.
The announcement was made by his daughter, Temilade Bandele via her Instagram platform.
The cause of Biyi Bandele’s death is yet to be deciphered.
“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.
The statement reads further;
“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.”
The concluding part of the statement reads, “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 made his directorial debut film with the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie‘s Half of a Yellow Sun. The was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
He also directed the third season of the popular MTV drama series, Shuga.
In 2022 he directed the first Netflix Nigerian Original series, Blood Sisters.