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Popular Nollywood filmmaker known for ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, ‘Blood Sisters, Biyi Bandele dies at 54

Popular Nigerian filmmaker and writer, and co-director of the first Netflix Nigerian Original series, Blood Sisters, Biyi Bandele has died.

Biyi died on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the age of 54.

Bandele was a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker based in the United Kingdom.

His daughter, Temi Bandele announced his passing late Monday, saying, “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 talented writer and filmmaker, 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.”

His directorial debut film ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ was well received.

His film, ‘Fifty’, was included in the 2015 London Film Festival. He directed FELA – Father of Afrobeat (2018), a TV special documentary for the BBC.

He also directed the third season of the popular MTV drama series, Shuga and more recently, in 2022, he co-directed the first Netflix Nigerian Original series, Blood Sisters.

Biyi studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife.

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