A leading film director, Biyi Bandele, is dead.
The Nigerian-born British playwright, who directed Netflix and EbonyLife original, ‘Elesin Oba: Death And The King’s Horseman,’ died on Sunday in Lagos at thr age of 54.
His death came exactly a month to the landmark premiere of his latest film, which is scheduled for screening will at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022.
Bandele’s daughter, Temi, announced his passing away in a statement on Monday night:
“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 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 ask everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and friends as we grieve his loss.
“Biyi’s Facebook account is now being run by family and close friends.”
Born on October 13, 1967 as Biyi Bandele-Thomas, he studied dramatic arts at the University of Ife, Nigeria and England.