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.
The Keepers of Secrets
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 creative nonfiction single by Elnathan John is from Safe House anthology and documents Elnathan John’s visits to a community facing social exile in northern Nigeria.
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.