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.