Elnathan John

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Elnathan John
Elnathan John.jpg
Born1982
Town of birthKaduna, Nigeria
OccupationWriter
LanguageEnglish, Hausa
NationalityNigerian
Alma MaterAhmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Notable WorksBorn On A Tuesday, Be(com)ing Nigerian

Elnathan John (born 1982) is a Nigerian novelist, satirist and lawyer whose stories have twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Career[edit]

Elnathan John was born in Kaduna, in north-west Nigeria, in 1982.[1] He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and the Nigerian Law School, where he obtained law degrees. [2]

His short story "Bayan Layi", published in Per Contra, was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013.[3][4] He was shortlisted again for the Caine Prize in 2015 for his short story "Flying".[5]

His writing has been published in The Economist, The Guardian, Per Contra, Hazlitt, ZAM Magazine, Evergreen Review, and Chimurenga's The Chronic.[6]

John's first novel, Born on a Tuesday,[7][8] was published in 2016 by Cassava Republic Press in 2015 and in the US by Grove Atlantic.[9][1][10] Born on a Tuesday was shortlisted in September 2016 for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa's largest literary award;[11] it won a Betty Trask Award.

His second book, Be(com)ing Nigerian, A Guide, a collection of satirical pieces, was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2019.[12] His third book, a graphic novel, On Ajayi Crowther Street, is forthcoming from Cassava Republic Press in November 2019.[13]

Elnathan John is a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).[14] He writes a weekly satirical column for the Sunday Trust newspaper[15] and speaks regularly on Nigerian literature, media and politics. He is one of the judges of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.[16].

Awards and listings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kellaway, Kate (3 April 2016). "Elnathan John: 'I want to show that things are never simple'". The Observer.
  2. ^ "#RA_top50 | Top 50 Social Media Personalities & Brands To Follow In Nigeria", Reports Afrique News, 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Elnathan John - Shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2013". British Council Arts, Vimeo.
  4. ^ "The Caine Prize for African Writing", Msafiri (Kenya Airways), 1 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Sixteenth Caine Prize for African writing shortlist announced". The Caine Prize. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  6. ^ "How to walk through a Berlin park". 1843. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  7. ^ Unigwe, Chika (28 April 2016). "Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John review – a compelling debut set in northern Nigeria". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Rocco, Fiammetta (1 July 2016). "Growing Up in Radicalized Nigeria: A New Novel Shows the Gritty Reality". New York Times Book Review.
  9. ^ "Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John". Grove Atlantic. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Elnathan John's debut novel out November 12", Premium Times, 8 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Nigeria LNG Ltd". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Be(com)ing Nigerian".
  13. ^ "On Ajayi Crowther Street".
  14. ^ "Fellows - Civitella Ranieri". www.civitella.org. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Because I care". www.dailytrust.com.ng. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Man Booker International Prize 2019".

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