T.J. Benson is a Nigerian writer and creative photographer whose work has appeared in online journals like Jalada Africa, Expound, and Bakwa Magazine. In print magazines like Transition Magazine and more recently, Saraba’s ‘Transitions’ Issue. His chapbook of photography ‘Rituals’ was published as a downloadable PDF on Sankofa Magazine in 2015. His short story ‘An Abundance of Yellow Paper,’ was a joint winner of the AMAB-HBF contest in 2016 and this collection shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize. He is the first runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize themed ‘Migration.’ He is a two-time Writer-In-Residence at the Ebedi Residency Nigeria He currently resides in Abuja, where he makes images when he is not writing and cooks to calm his nerves from time to time.
An Abusive father is forced out of safety to find his runaway son in a world where males are going extinct and female monarchs have resorted to drastic methods to ensure continuity of the Nigerian race. An Ogbanje travels to a near post-apocalyptic Nigeria from the past with a solution even she is not aware of. In a Nigeria where the British never left, a white boy who lives in Lagos seizes a banned book from one of his father’s Nigerian household serfs and their friendship yields disastrous consequences in Passion Fruit. In We Won’t Fade into Darkness, the past and future comes to a head, indiscriminate exploitation of the oil eventually yields Nigerium, a gaseous element that poisons air, destroys reproductive organs and drives people insane. The common thread in these stories, apart from the country of its setting is the lifeblood of every indigene, hope