Fri. Mar 1st, 2024

– It’s a tragedy of monumental proportion, Nigerian mourn.

Biyi Bándélé, popular director of Nollywood  blockbusters like Half of A Yellow Sun, Blood Sisters and the eagerly awaited Elesin Ọba is dead.

His daughter, Tèmi Bándélé made the announcement in a post on Biyi’s verified Facebook page overnight.

Below is the text of the shocking announcement :

“As Biyi’s daughter, 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.

Temi Bandele

Biyi’s Facebook account is now being run by family and close friends”

Meanwhile prominent and ordinary Nigerians have been expressing deep shock at the sudden death of the  cerebral film maker, author, photographer and poet.

 

This is a developing story.

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