Just thought it cool to do a little write up about the Director of one of my favourite books turned movie ” Half of a Yellow Sun”. I had no idea who he was , until talks about the release of the movie began.

Biyi Bandele-Thomas, born in the year 1967, studied drama at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and finally left for London in 1990 . Bandele is one of the most versatile and prolific of the U.K.-based Nigerian writers, having turned his hand to theatre, journalism, television, film, and radio, as well as the fiction with which he made his name. Acclaimed as both a prolific playwright and a versatile novelist, his 1997 adaptation of fellow Nigerian Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart for the British stage confirmed his place as an important voice on the post-colonial stage. He currently resides in London.

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Note that Half Of a Yellow Sun,film will be making its world premiere at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Calabar, Cross River State (Nigeria), in November.


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.

God Bless You Mr. Bandele for directing this awesome movie!! 😀