​Elnathan John is a Nigerian lawyer, novelist and satirist currently based in Berlin,

Germany. 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). His non fiction covers subjects

like pastoralism, gender non-conformism in northern Nigeria and Nigerian politics.

He has just finished teaching a winter seminar which he designed for the

Humboldt University of Berlin titled “Gender non conformism and the media in

northern Nigeria”. Elnathan writes a weekly satire column for Daily Trust

newspapers and 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. A recipient

of the Miles Morland Scholarship for 2018, he is currently finishing his next couple

of books.​