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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.

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.benson@ymail.com to discuss the price.

TJ Benson is Brittle Paper‘s official photographer for the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival.

Check out the small sample of his work below.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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