The Nigerian movie industry has been thrown into mourning as two filmmakers recently passed away.
Frontline novelist, playwright and filmmaker, Biyi Bandele, is dead. He died last Sunday, at the age of 54.
Bandele’s daughter, Temi, announced this sad news on her Facebook page yesterday. She wrote: “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.”
Bandele was the director of the movie Half of a Yellow Sun.
Another filmmaker, Otu Njama passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at his residence in First Unity estate in Badore, Ajah in Lagos state.
He was found dead at about 9 pm, his sister, Judith confirmed.
He was said to have seen his doctor, who after checking him told him his blood pressure was about 200 and asked him to rest, but he reportedly declined as he had a show tomorrow August 11.
Njamah went ahead to visit his bar located in the area, attended to his staff, took a meal, returned home and asked that no one should disturb him.
Hours later, his body was discovered lifeless.
Judith told the publication that a drug was found in his apartment and a check on google showed it was for blood pressure. She mentioned that her brother never told her what was happening to him.