How Did The Nigerian Novelist and Filmmaker Fare?

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Sadly, 54-year-old Biyi Bandele has passed away: how was the Nigerian writer and filmmaker?

Following the death of Nollywood filmmaker Biyi Bandele on August 7 at the age of 54, tributes have been circulating around the internet.

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He had a long list of accomplishments in his writing and acting endeavors and was a gifted artist with a great love of life.

He will also be remembered as a major filmmaker who produced some of Africa’s finest films. In addition, the author’s followers prayed for him, his loved ones and relatives.

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Biyi Bandele

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Obituary for Biyi Bandele, unexpectedly at the age of 54

After his death, Biyi Bandele’s death notices were shared on social media. He was a well-known author and director who died suddenly in Lagos, his family announced on Facebook late Monday.

His daughter Temi Bandele released a statement announcing his death. His cause of death was not released.

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She stated: “I am heartbroken to announce the sudden and untimely death of my father, Biyi Bandele, on Sunday 7th August in Lagos.

“Biyi was not only an amazing writer and director, but also a loving friend and parent. He was a storyteller through and through, with an unwavering perspective, a distinctive voice, and a knowledge that resonated clearly in all of his art—poetry, novels, plays, and films.”

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“He told stories that inspired people around the world and had a huge impact. He will leave a lasting legacy through his work.” She posted on Facebook.

Amidst a successful career, the Blood Sisters director’s net worth is in the millions

Bandele’s net worth is likely in the millions after an illustrious career in the entertainment industry. As of this writing, the exact totals of his net worth and income are yet to be confirmed.

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His most recent work is Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman (2022), which he wrote and directed for EbonyLife Films. It is a reinterpretation of the classic drama Death & The King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka.

The film will be screened at Toronto’s TIFF Festival in September, although it has not yet been released.

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He previously worked with EbonyLife Films on the four-part Netflix original television drama Blood Sisters.

Fifty, an adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s 2013 book Half of a Yellow Sun (Shareman Media & State Films), is among his earlier works (Ebony Films, 2015).

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With his wife Biyi Bandele he had two children, Temi and Korede.

Fans of the well-known Nollywood filmmaker Biyi are often curious about his personal life, which usually includes information about his wife or significant other.

However, the author’s Instagram profile only contains pictures from his professional life, because she has always kept her personal affairs private.

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However, it is said that Biyi was the father of two children, a daughter named Temi and a son named Korede. It was also his daughter who shared the heartbreaking news of his death on his Facebook page.

Writer from Nigeria, born into a Yoruba family

Bandele grew up in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria and was born in 1967 to Yoruba parents.

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The Yoruba are another West African ethnic group living mainly in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. Yorubaland is a widely used word to describe the parts of these lands where the Yoruba population is the majority.

His father, Solomon Bandele-Thomas, took part in the Burma Campaign during World War II when Nigeria was still part of the British Empire.

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In a 2013 interview with This Day, Bandele spoke about his desire to be a writer. “When I was a child, I remember my father always bringing up the subject of war in conversation. That probably played a role in my decision to pursue a writing career.”

He also won a short story contest when he was just 14 years old.

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