African Arguments Online

African Arguments Online is an influential comment and analysis platform for discussion of African current affairs and business. The website provides commentary on the big events and ideas shaping modern Africa, from some of the best writers, academics and journalists on the continent.

The site publishes new, original material daily and also has a weekly newsletter keeping you up-to-date. We publish commentary and analysis which is well written, accessible and timely.

African Arguments Online is part of the Guardian Africa Network, a network of blogs and websites, offering the best in African news and commentary on the pages of The Guardian, one of the world's biggest daily newspapers. 

Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 2:48pm
Nine people have been killed by vigilantes recently. But this isn’t the first time rumours of vampires sucking people’s blood have surfaced in Malawi. In some parts of Malawi, locals set up roadblocks and night-time patrols. Credit: stefano bandini. For the past few years, people with albinism have been the victims of several attacks in Malawi due to supernatural beliefs, but it is... more
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 2:59pm
The UK’s faith in the former VP taking over from Robert Mugabe revealed its deep misunderstanding of Zimbabwean politics and history. Former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa had been a close ally of President Robert Mugabe for decades. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré. There are several reasons why Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe fired his Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 6 November... more
Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 4:27pm
Why President Lungu’s threats to the judiciary mark a new phase in Zambia’s slide to authoritarianism. President Edgar Lungu has warned the Constitutional Court over its impending decision on his eligibility to run in 2021. Credit: Edgar Chagwa Lungu. When Kenya’s Supreme Court judges annulled the results of the country’s presidential election this September, they attracted plaudits... more
Monday, 6 November 2017 - 12:02pm
Polls suggest a close race for the presidency, but there’s more at stake than just the result in Somaliland’s 13 November election. Somiland’s three contenders in the presidential debate. Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi “Irro”, Musa Bihi Abdi, and Faysal Ali Warabe (left to right). Credit: Inspire Group. On 13 November, Somaliland will embark on its third presidential... more
Monday, 6 November 2017 - 10:52am
President John Magufuli hasn’t just “pushed through” change. He’s achieved things that were considered all but impossible two years ago. President John Magufuli riding the newly launched bus service in Dar es Salaam. Credit: Sarah Farhat/World Bank The inauguration of John Pombe Magufuli as president of Tanzania on 5 November 2015 was no surprise. Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM... more