We Won’t fade into darkness is a collection of a dozen + 1 speculative short stories, all set in a fictional Nigeria, where there’s a poisonous gas called Nigerium, yielded after indiscriminate exploitation of petroleum, where oxygen is a scarce commodity, where gas mask is used while having sex, where the male gender is going extinct, where African mythology meets technology, where witches and scientists exist, where the sun goes off leaving Nigeria in darkness.
Nigerian writer TJ Benson is also a photographer. On Instagram, he sells his photographs—a striking collection in which his subjects are given a second life. TJ Benson’s short story, “Tea,” was first runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize and was shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction. TJ Benson’s early photography is collected in the e-book Rituals, published by Sankofa Mag in 2015. His photos also appear in Work Naija: The Book of Vocations anthology. His Instagram handle is @tjbenson_. People interested in his work can email him at Tj.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the price. TJ Benson is Brittle Paper‘s official photographer for the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival.