Elnathan John is a novelist, satirist and lawyer. His fiction was shortlisted twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and 2015. He was the recipient of the Civitella Ranieri fellowship in 2015.
His novel, Born on a Tuesday, a coming of age novel about Islam, politics and culture in a turbulent time in northern Nigeria published by Cassava Republic Press and Grove Atlantic, has been shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, won a Betty Trask award (2017), was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and made the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction shortlist. It has also been translated into German (An Einem Dienstag Geboren) and French (Né Un Mardi) for which he won the 2019 Le Prix Littéraire Les Afriques. His writing has been also been translated into Italian.
His collection of satire, Be(com)ing Nigerian: A guide was published in February 2019. He has a graphic novel, On Ajayi Crowther Street, forthcoming from Cassava Republic Press in November 2019.
Elnathan is one of Nigeria’s most well known contemporary satirists. His writing has appeared in publications like The Economist, Financial Times, Per Contra, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Africa Report and The Guardian. He was on the jury of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. He currently lives in Berlin and is a 2019 recipient of the Berlin Senate grant for non-German literature.
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Elnathan John is a lawyer, novelist and satirist. His short stories have been shortlisted twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing, in 2013 and 2015. His novel, Born on a Tuesday won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature. It has been translated into German and French and won the 2019 Le Prix Littéraire Les Afriques . His most recent book — a satire collection Be(com)ing Nigerian, A Guide was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2019. On Ajayi Crowther Street, his graphic novel, will be published in November 2019. Elnathan lives in Berlin and is a 2019 recipient of the Berlin Senate grant for non-German literature.