Nkosi Ife Bandele has written screenplays and has three novels completed. He lives in New York City. He works as an adjunct professor at several New York City universities teaching academic writing and the occasional literature course. So yes, Nkosi Ife Bandele tells stories. In addition to his novels though, he writes articles and theatrical scripts.
An excerpt from his novel The Ape is Dead! is featured on the cover of Hobart Magazine,http://www.hobartpulp.com/preview/web_features/huff-and-puff.
Excerpts also appear in Crescendo City and great weather for MEDIA’s Animal But Merciful. Excerpts from his unpublished novel Scott Freeare featured in Moonshot magazine’s issue #5 and currently in Akashic Books THURSDAZE flash fiction series, http://www.akashicbooks.com/if-you-leave-a-twenty-and-a-crackhead-alone-in-your-room-its-your-own-damn-fault-by-eshu-bandele/.
The Ape is Dead
The story of a young black student’s journey towards true love.
Insightful and funny, an excellent read.
“Soup” doesn’t wanna be a soft brother hooked up with a white girl, but damn his white girlfriend is cool, and fine! His so-called liberal college is politicized to the extreme, with a variety of interested parties insisting that he color-coordinate-date, and so he punks out and dumps his girl, and in the process learns about love, life, and the choices we make.
Scott Free is an on the road story about an African American aspiring filmmaker stuck, ironically, working the concession stand at an upscale New York City movie theatre, while also trying to negotiate his dead-end relationships. He hops a Greyhound Bus $99 Special, but en route to Hollywood lands in San Francisco where he becomes a professional toilet bowl cleaner, “Scotty Tissues,” and realizes that his life West resembles his life East as there’s really no escaping oneself.
Dubbed “Professor Marvel,” a popular black male professor at a predominantly white women’s college stresses over the comparison made between him and the Kansas charlatan turned Wizard of Oz. His dubiousness is confirmed when he succumbs to the charms of a student, an aspiring fashion model.
Meanwhile, he keeps a secret affair with an older feminist colleague. The she-it hits the fan when her estranged husband becomes jealous and challenges him to a fistfight. Certain he’ll be blamed when the man’s pacemaker explodes, Professor Marvel takes flight.
His prior indiscretion catches up to him when he discovers the fashion model exploits a sex tape as her steppingstone to fame.
The Black List says, “Professor Marvel is an outside-the-box and thought-provoking read that keeps the reader in anticipation of what’s to come over the course of the story.”