Elnathan John is a Nigerian novelist, satirist, writer and lawyer whose stories have twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. He was born in Kaduna, in north-west Nigeria, in 1982. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a law degree in 2007.
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 Sentinel Nigeria, Per Contra, Hazlitt, ZAM Magazine, Evergreen Review, and Chimurenga The Chronic. His first novel Born on a Tuesday was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2015 and in the US 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.
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.