By one of those ironies of which fate is never tired, award winning playwright and director of the soar away film, Half of a Yellow Sun, who also co-directed the Blood Sisters-a Nigerian series- Biyi Bandele has died.
Details of his death are still sketchy as at press time but his daughter, Temi Bandele in a statement on her father’s Facebook page announced the incident on Monday.
In a tribute to his father, Temi paid lavish encomium on the late Biyi saying he told “ stories boldly through all of his arts.”
The statement read: “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.”
She said: “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 wish everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and friends as we grieve his loss.”