Born On A Tuesday

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WINNER – BETTY TRASK AWARD 2017
SHORTLISTED – NLNG NIGERIA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2016
SHORTLISTED – REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE 2016
LONGLISTED – ETISALAT PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2016


This novel explores life, love, friendship, loss and the effects of extremist politics and religion on everyday life in Northern Nigeria.

Dantala lives in Bayan Layi, Nigeria and studies in a Sufi Quranic school. By chance he meets gang leader Banda, a nominal Muslim. Dantala is thrust into a world with fluid rules and casual violence. In the aftermath of presidential elections he runs away and ends up living in a Salafi mosque. Slowly and through the hurdles of adolescence, he embraces Salafism as preached by his new benefactor, Sheikh Jamal. Dantala falls in love with Sheikh’s daughter, Aisha, and tries to court her within the acceptable limits of a conservative setting. All the while, Sheikh struggles to deal with growing jihadist extremism within his own ranks.


Author: Elnathan John | Print ISBN: Nigeria: 978-9789506644 | Print ISBN: UK: 978-1911115021 | E-Book ISBN: 978-1911115038 | Format: Flapped paperback | No. of Pages: 264 | Pub. Date: Nigeria: 2015 | Pub. Date: UK: April 2016

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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).

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.


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I make a mistake typing this chapter, but before I delete I realise there was no autocorrect and the computer does not underline it. I look up the word. I question my life and education.
Next event I attend I shall sneak in the word 'grot' a few times just to make up for my life.

I'll write the next chapter by hand. Had to scribble and saw how badly my handwriting has deteriorated. One prize I used to get in primary school was for Writing. We were taught cursive like it's own subject. Only one person intimidated me: Hadiza Junaidu. Wonder where she is now