Elnathan John is a Nigerian lawyer who quit his job in 2012 to write fulltime. In 2013, he was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing for his story "Bayan Layi" and again in 2015 for his story "Flying." His first novel is Born on a Tuesday, set in northern Nigeria. He lives in Abuja.
Being and Belonging
Illuminating African narratives for readers both inside and outside the continent.
Representing the very best of African creative nonfiction, Safe House brings together works from Africa's contemporary literary greats. In a collection that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage and meditative essays, editor Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has brought together some of the most talented writers of creative nonfiction from across Africa.
This collection of five singles from the Safe House anthology gathers work from the very best of contemporary African writers.
The Keepers of Secrets by Elnathan John
A Murder in Clovelly by Bongani Kona
Dream Chasers by Msingi Sasis
Border Crossings by Sarita Ranchod
A Woman's Smile by Barbara Wanjala
Bongani Kona is a Zimbabwean-born freelance writer and Contributing Editor at Chimurenga Chronic. He is studying for an MA in creative writing at the University of Cape Town.
Msingi Sasis was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose projects include "Nairobi Noir," photographs of Nairobi at night.
Sarita Ranchod is Executive Director of Under the Rainbow Creative Strategies for Positive Change, an international development practice based in South Africa.
Barbara Wanjala is a Kenyan writer. Her story about a trip to Djibouti to conduct a (failed) survey on democracy was published in Roads & Kingdoms, an independent journal of food, politics, travel, and culture. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Hailer Prize for Development Journalism.
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, editor, critic, and broadcaster, is former deputy editor of Granta magazine, series editor for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize, and the deputy chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She served as a judge for the 2015 Man Booker Prize panel. She lives in London, England.