Biyi Bandele, a novelist and filmmaker known for helming Half of a Yellow Sun and Netflix's Blood Sisters has died at the age of 54.
Bandele's passing was announced late Monday by his daughter Temi Bandele in a statement on his official Facebook page.
"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 filmmaker, 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.
"He told stories which told 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", the statement reads.