|Town of birth||Kaduna, Nigeria|
|Alma Mater||Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria|
|Notable Works||Born On A Tuesday|
His short story "Bayan Layi", published in Per Contra, was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013. He was shortlisted again in 2015 for his short story "Flying". His writing has been published in The Economist, The Guardian, Per Contra, Hazlitt, ZAM Magazine, Evergreen Review, and Chimurenga's The Chronic.
His first novel Born on a Tuesday was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2015 and in the US by Grove Atlantic in 2016. Born on a Tuesday was shortlisted in September 2016 for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa's largest literary award and won a Betty Trask Award.
His second book, Be(com)ing Nigerian, A Guide, a collection of satire pieces was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2019. His third book, a graphic novel, On Ajayi Crowther Street is forthcoming from Cassava Republic Press in November 2019.
Elnathan John is a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015). He writes a weekly satirical column for the Sunday Trust newspaper and speaks regularly on Nigerian literature, media and politics. He is one of the judges of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.
Awards and listings
- 2013: Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing
- 2015: Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing
- 2016: Shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature
- 2017: Longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for African Literature
- 2017: Shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize
- 2017: WINNER Betty Trask Award
- 2018: Miles Morland Writing Scholarship
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- "#RA_top50 | Top 50 Social Media Personalities & Brands To Follow In Nigeria", Reports Afrique News, 25 August 2015.
- "Elnathan John - Shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2013". British Council Arts, Vimeo.
- "The Caine Prize for African Writing", Msafiri (Kenya Airways), 1 September 2013.
- "Sixteenth Caine Prize for African writing shortlist announced". The Caine Prize. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "How to walk through a Berlin park". 1843. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
- Unigwe, Chika (28 April 2016). "Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John review – a compelling debut set in northern Nigeria". The Guardian.
- Rocco, Fiammetta (1 July 2016). "Growing Up in Radicalized Nigeria: A New Novel Shows the Gritty Reality". New York Times Book Review.
- "Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John". Grove Atlantic. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- "Elnathan John's debut novel out November 12", Premium Times, 8 November 2015.
- "Nigeria LNG Ltd". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- "Be(com)ing Nigerian".
- "On Ajayi Crowther Street".
- "Fellows - Civitella Ranieri". www.civitella.org. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Because I care". www.dailytrust.com.ng. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Man Booker International Prize 2019".