Ace filmmaker, playwright and director, Biyi Bandele has died.
His daughter, Temi Bandele, confirmed the passing in a statement on Monday night.
Bandele, who gained prominence after directing the 2013 movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s classic novel ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’, died on Sunday at the age of 54.
He worked on leading movies such as ‘Fifty’ (2015) and co-directed Netflix series, ‘Blood Sisters’ (2022). He is also a well-known novelist whose works include “The Man Who Came in from the Back of Beyond,” “The Street,” and “Burma Boy”.
“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 statement read in part.
“He was taken from us much too soon. He had already said so much so beautifully, and had so much more to say.”
The demise of the leading director and novelist has since thrown Nollywood into mourning as tributes trickle in from the movie industry and beyond.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, EbonyLife CEO, Mo Abudu penned a heart-melting tribute to Bandele who worked on several projects of her company.
“Biyi had an eye for a story, was always passionate about his work, and had a great love for Yoruba culture. We will miss his dedication, cheerful spirit and collaborative nature. Rest in peace, dear friend,” she wrote.