Elnathan John

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Elnathan John is a full time writer who lives and works in Nigeria. His writing has been published in Per Contra, ZAM Magazine, Hazlitt, Evergreen Review, and Chimurenga’s The Chronic. He writes political satire for a Nigerian newspaper and his blog for which he hopes to someday get arrested and famous. He has tried hard, but has never won anything. His first novel is Born on a Tuesday.

Elnathan John was born in Kaduna, in north-west Nigeria, in 1982.[1] He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a law degree in 2007.[2]

His short story “Bayan Layi”, published in Per Contra, was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing[3] in 2013.[4] He was shortlisted again in 2015 for his short story “Flying”.[5] His writing has been published in Sentinel Nigeria, Per Contra, Hazlitt, ZAM Magazine, Evergreen Review, and Chimurenga’s The Chronic.[6] His first novel Born on a Tuesday[7][8] was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2015 and in the US Grove Atlantic[9] in 2016.[1][10] Born on a Tuesday was shortlisted in September 2016 for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s largest literary award.[11]

Elnathan John is a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).[12] He writes a weekly satirical column for the Sunday Trust newspaper[13] and speaks regularly on Nigerian literature, media and politics.

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www.elnathanjohn.com

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