Director of ‘Blood Sisters’, ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’, Biyi Bandele dies at 54

Veteran Nollywood film director, playwright and novelist, Biyi Bandele, has been confirmed dead. According to a statement released by his family on Monday, died on Sunday in Lagos at the age of 54.

Temi Bandele, the deceased’s daughter who issued the statement on behalf of the family, described him as “a prodigiously talented writer and film-maker, as well as a loyal friend and beloved father.”

Director of 'Blood Sisters', 'Half Of A Yellow Sun', Biyi Bandele dies at 54

“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”, the statement read in part.

Temi further expressed the grief of the Bandele family noting that, “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”.


Born in Kafanchan, Kaduna State to parents who were from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Biyi Bandele was one of Nollywood’s finest filmmakers. His oeuvre contains films like Half of a Yellow SunFiftyNigerian Prince and the more recent, Blood Sisters among many more.

He was studying Dramatic Arts at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, when he won the BBC Playwriting Competition, and thereafter relocated to England where he had a flourishing career as a writer.

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