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Elnathan John

Posted by Dundurn Guest on May 10, 2016

Elnathan John

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.

Bongani Kona

Posted by Dundurn Guest on May 10, 2016

Bongani Kona

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.

Barbara Wanjala

Posted by Dundurn Guest on May 10, 2016

Barbara Wanjala

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

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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.