People Live Here



Kanulia is a 25 year old single-mother whose quest for a better job that will help her raise her son in the post-PMS subsidy removal crises of January 2012 lands her a foreign-aid nursing work in Sana’a in the after-math of the Yemeni-Uprising the previous year. With the cast of eccentric yet friendly coworkers from all over the world, she eases into the old city, takes in the architecture. She begins a journey of friendship, trauma and rediscovery that will bring her back to Nigeria a changed woman, even though she is initially unaware of it, it’s a change that will save lives at the crisis stricken Northern borders of her country.

About Author

TJ Benson is a writer and visual artist who explores the body in the context of memory, migration, utopia and the unconscious self. His works have been exhibited, published in several journals, and shortlisted for awards; he won the Amab-HBF Prize in 2015 and was the first runner-up for the Short Story Day Africa Prize.

His first novel, ‘The Madhouse’, was published by Masobe Books in February 2021 and his new novel, ‘People Live Here’ will be published by Masobe Books in the third quarter of 2022.

He currently lives in an apartment full of plants in Kaduna, Nigeria and is on the verge of becoming a cat person.

He tweets @tjbenson_


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