Elnathan John is a lawyer, novelist and satirist, writing full-time in Abuja, Nigeria. 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, and was a New York Times editors pick. It won a Betty Track award (2017), was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and made the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction shortlist. Born on a Tuesday also received positive reviews in the Guardian UK as well as the New York Times and has been translated into German (2017) and French (2018).
His non-fiction covers subjects like pastoralism, gender non-conformism in northern Nigeria and Nigerian politics and he regularly speaks on these subjects. Elnathan writes a weekly satire column for Daily Trust newspapers and is one of Nigeria's most well known contemporary satirists.
Apart from his novel, his writing has been published in Financial Times, ZAM magazine, Chimurenga, BBC, Hazlitt, four Caine Prize for African Writing anthologies (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), Per Contra and Le Monde Diplomatique. He is currently writing his next novel.