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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Elnathan John is a Nigerian novelist and writer, and one of Nigeria’s most well-known satirists. He has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing (2013 & 2015). He won the Betty Trask Award 2017 for his debut novel Born on a Tuesday, which was also shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature and the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2016.

His writing has been published in Per Contra, Evergreen Review and Chimurenga’s The Chronic. He is a 2015 Civitella Ranieri Fellow and lives in Abuja, Nigeria.


Why writers should stop sleeping with poor people. You don't want to make a mistake and...Just read it:

Writing is in danger of becoming an elitist profession, with many authors being subsidised by their partners or a second job in order to stay afloat... https://t.co/FbfmfSwYZh

I remember my father begging me not to become a lawyer because of this. He showed me all the lawyers in my city who could barely make ends meet. A growling stomach under that wig and gown. For too many Nigerian lawyers, especially outside Lagos, Abuja, PH this is still the case. https://t.co/zhX0N65vx4

Switched off at "we don't brush our teeth". Even when I fast and drink only water my mouth smells when I wake up. Glad they found each other though. https://t.co/OobPAUMMUQ