Nigerian novelist Biyi Bandele wife and their reason behind death: Net worth, family

Nigerian novelist, playwright, and director Biyi Bandele created these works. On August 7, 2022, Bandele passed away in Lagos at the age of 54. There is no official word on what caused the death. He was a married guy, but no details about his wife were discovered. He had an estimated net worth of around $5 million. During World War II, while Nigeria was still a part of the British Empire, his father Solomon Bandele Thomas served in the Burma Campaign. To learn more about Biyi Bandele wife, cause of death, net worth, family, and other details, continue reading:

Who was “Blood sisters” star Biyi Bandele wife? He Fathered two kids – Temi And Korede

Biyi Bandele was a married man with a child before he died on 7th August 2022. Biyi had a daughter known as Temi Bandele however the mother of Temi is not known yet. There is no information on Biyi Bandele Wife yet. She should be a private lady who enjoys everything private. 

Biyi is the father of two kids, a son named Korede and a daughter named Temi Bandele. Furthermore, his daughter was the one who posted the devastating news of his demise on his Facebook page.

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“Half of a Yellow Sun” writer and director, Biyi Bandele, dies at 54. What was the reason behind it ?


Famous novelist, playwright and filmmaker, Biyi Bandele, is dead. He died last Sunday, at the age of 54. The cause of death has not been confirmed. However, to date, the actual reason for his death is still a puzzle to be solved. In due time when his autopsy is released, it will give us more insight into his untimely departure.

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 film-maker as well as a loyal friend and beloved father.

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“I lost a father and a friend. He was a dedicated artist with a strong passion for life and a string of successes in his writing and filmmaking career.”

How much was the novelist made from his entire career? Net worth

At the time of the death of Biyi Bandele, he had an estimated net worth of around $5 million which is equivalent to 2.09 billion Naira. The estimated net worth of Biyi Bandele in Pounds at the time of his death was 4.14 million Pounds and the estimated net worth of Biyi Bandele in Euros at the time of his death is 4.2 million Euros.

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Bandele had recently finished his latest film entitled “The King’s Horseman.” Inspired by Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka’s anti-colonial play “Death and the King’s Horseman,” the drama is set to have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The Yoruba-language film was produced by Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films for Netflix.

Bandele’s yet to be released work, “Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman (2022), an adaptation of  Professor Wole Soyinka’s classic drama, “Death and The King’s Horseman,” which he was  directing for EbonyLifeFilms before his demise is  slated to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, in September, this year.

Awards and achievement

  • 1989 – International Student Playscript Competition – Rain
  • 1994 – London New Play Festival – Two Horsemen
  • 1995 – Wingate Scholarship Award
  • 1998 – Peggy Ramsay Award
  • 2000 – EMMA (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Award) for Best Play – Oroonoko

A short biography: Biyi Bandele Family, education


Bandele was born to Yoruba parents in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria in 1967. His father Solomon Bandele Thomas was a veteran of the Burma Campaign in World War II, while Nigeria was still part of the British Empire. Bandele spent the first 18 years of his life in the north-central part of the country. Bandele had ambitions to be a writer and when he was 14 years old he won a short-story competition. 

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Later on, he moved to Lagos, then in 1987 studied drama at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He won the International Student Playscript competition of 1989 with an unpublished play, Rain, before claiming the 1990 British Council Lagos Award for a collection of poems. He moved to London in 1990 at the age of 22 armed with the manuscripts of two novels. His books were published, and he was given a commission by the Royal Court Theatre.