The Nigerian Movie Industry has been hit by another tragic loss as popular Novelist and film director, Biyi Bandele passed away at the age of 54.
Bandele’s family in a statement released to Newsmen yesterday, August 9 revealed that he died in Lagos on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at the age of 54.
The news of Bandele’s death also confirmed by his colleagues, who expressed shock and sorrow as they put up his picture to mourn him.
Shaibu Husseini wrote on his wall.
“Sad day globally for the theatre and film industry. This is so so tragic. At 54? We have just lost an Institution,”
Meanwhile, Bandele’s daughter, Temi, has eulogized her father whom she described as a ‘prodigiously talented writer and film-maker.’
Temi’s statement read:
“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.”
“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 respect the privacy of hs family and friends as we grieve his loss.”