Nigerian practitioners of theater arts on Tuesday expressed their sadness over the death of the late Nigerian novelist and playwright Biyi Bandele, who died on August 7 at the age of 54.
His death was announced in a statement posted on his Facebook page by his daughter, Temi Bandele, on Monday.
The statement read: “As the daughter of Biyi, I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday August 7 in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele.
“Biyi was a prodigiously talented writer and filmmaker, as well as a loyal friend and beloved father.
He was a storyteller to the core, with unflinching perspective, a singular voice and a wisdom that spoke boldly through all his art, in poetry, novels, plays and on screen. .
“He told stories that had a profound impact and inspired many people all over the world. His legacy will live on through his work.
“He was taken from us far too soon. He had already said so much so beautifully and had so much more to say. We want everyone to respect the privacy of their family and friends as we mourn their loss.
Practitioners took to their facebook pages to pay their respects to the deceased.
Mufu Onifade, playwright and playwright, said, “This sudden death stings me to the core! Sometimes, like this, even silence doesn’t provide answers to the many whys that dig into our minds.
“Sounds will fade into the air like a fart; and silence is not always golden.
“Indeed, life and times are fleeting!
“Rest In Peace, great creative thinker. RIP, great writer and director. RIP, Biyi Bandelé! May your return journey go smoothly.
Theater and film researcher Onyekaba Cornel-Best wrote, “Life is miserably unpredictable. Lean on brother man”.
Additionally, the film’s curator, Shaibu Husseini, wrote, “Sad Day in the world for the theater and film industry.
“The famous writer and director Biyi Bandele (Half of A Yellow Sun, Fifty, Blood Sisters And the future Elesin Oba) is DEAD!
“It’s so so so TRAGICCCCCC! At 54 ????????? We just lost an “institution”!
“Have mercy Lord! Bon voyage Biyi! To go well!”
Bandele, born October 19, 1967, was a Nigerian novelist, playwright and filmmaker, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He was a UK-based Nigerian writer for fiction, drama, journalism, television, film and radio, he moved to London in 1990.
Bandele was the director of “Half of a yellow sun” and co-director of “Blood Sisters”, a Nigerian series. (NOPE)