Director of ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’, Biyi Bandele, dies at 54

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Film director and writer, Biyi Bandele, has died at the age of 54.

Bandele, famous for his directing of the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s classic novel Half Of A Yellow Sun as well as Blood Sisters died on Sunday.

His death was announced via a statement signed by his daughter, Temi Bandele.

The statement read,

“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.”

Meanwhile, the cause of his death is not yet clear.



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