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Director of “Half of a Yellow Sun” dies at 54

The director of the movie adaptation “Half of a Yellow Sun,” Biyi Bandele, has died at the age of 54.

His death was announced in a statement by his daughter, Temi Bandele.

“I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday 7th of August in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele.”

“He was taken from us much too soon,” 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, it added

Biyi Bandele also directed “Fifty,” about modern African womanhood, which was screened at the 2015 London Film Festival. Later projects included directing two episodes of the Blood Sisters series on Netflix.

His friends and colleagues have described him as hardworking and committed.

The Chief Executive Officer, Ebony Life Group, shared on her Instagram “Biyi had an eye for a story, was always passionate about his work and had a great love for Yoruba culture. We will miss his dedication, cheerful spirit and collaborative nature. Rest in peace, dear friend,”

“My heart is heavy. We were planning to make his book Burma Boy into a major motion picture. There were many others in the works, Filmmaker Kenneth Gyang, tweeted.

Writing Hadiza Abdulrahman; editing by Tina Oyinsan