Famous Nigerian novelist and director of Half of a Yellow Sun, Biyi Bandele, is dead.

The deceased’s daughter, Temi Bandele, disclosed this in a statement she posted on her Facebook page on Monday, saying his death was unexpected.

Describing the father as a loyal friend and beloved father, Temi said his memories will live forever.

Temi said, “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.

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“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 ask everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and friends as we grieve his loss.”

She disclosed that Biyi’s Facebook account is now being run by family and close friends.