Nigerian Filmmaker Biyi Bandele Dies at 54

Nigerian filmmaker and writer Biyi Bandele died on Sunday at the age of 54.

Temi Bandele, Biyi’s daughter, announced his death in a statement on Monday.

“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… We ask everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and friends as we grieve his loss,” Temi said.

Bandele was an author, playwright, and filmmaker best known for his adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which became his directorial debut film.

The streaming platform Netflix expressed its condolences to Biyi on Twitter, calling his passing “a monumental loss to Nigeria’s film and creative industry.”

“Biyi Bandele’s passing is a monumental loss to Nigeria’s film and creative industry. He will be remembered as a powerhouse who made some of the finest films out of Africa. As we mourn him, we commiserate with his family, friends, and colleagues. May he rest in power,” Netflix said in a tweet.

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