Mo Abudu pays tribute to Blood Sisters director Biyi Bandele

Filmmaker Mo Abudu has paid a tribute to movie director Biyi Bandele who died at the age of 54.

Biyi died in Lagos on Sunday, August 7 according to a statement by daughter Temi Bandele made available to on Monday night.

In her tribute to the deceased on Instagram on Tuesday, Mo Abudu described Biyi as one who had an eye for a story and great love for Yoruba culture.

The EbonyLife CEO: “It is with deep sadness that we commiserate with the family of Biyi Bandele who died on Sunday, 7th August 2022 in Lagos.

“Biyi worked with us at EbonyLife Media, directing several of our projects, including ‘Fifty’ (2015), ‘Blood Sisters’, episodes 1 & 2 (2022) and the forthcoming film Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, for which he wrote the screenplay. Elesin Oba will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

“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.”

Born on October 13, 1967 in Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna to parents from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Bandele 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.

He co-directed Blood Sisters, a four-part Netflix Original series by EbonyLife Films.

His earlier works include Half of a Yellow Sun adapted from Chimamanda Adichie’s novel of the same title and Fifty another EbonyLife production.

He was also a director of the TV series SHUGA: What’s Your RealityFELA – Father of Afrobeat, a TV special documentary for the BBC, and his self-produced TV documentary Africa States of Independence.

His latest work Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman, a Netflix Original movie by EbonyLife Films, adapted from Wole Soyinka’s classic drama Death & The King’s Horseman, is scheduled for screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.

His novels include The Man Who Came in from the Back of BeyondThe Street and Burma Boy.

Bandele is survived by his son Korede and daughter Temi.