FastNews reports that Biyi Bandele, a Nigerian novelist, playwright, Half of a Yellow Sun director, and co-director of the Nigerian television series Blood Sisters, has passed away.
His daughter Temi Bandele announced this late on Monday in a statement posted on his Facebook page.
“As Biyi’s Daughter, I am heartbroken to convey the tragic and unexpected loss of my father Biyi Bandele on Sunday, August 7 in Lagos,” the message stated.
Praising her dad, Temi 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 hs family and friends as we grieve his loss.”