African Arguments Online

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of journalists, researchers and commentators. We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments also provides a crucial and unique platform for predominantly African writers to reach a predominantly African, and international, audience. Of the 200+ articles we published in 2017, over two-thirds were by African authors. The majority of our readers meanwhile are of African descent, whether living on the continent or in the diaspora.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 3:09pm
African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and more. It’s for those who want a bit extra and comes with a small subscription fee: Regular: $10/month or $100/year Patron: $15/month... more
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 1:36pm
Martin Fayulu is widely believed to have been the true victor of the DRC’s 2018 elections. We spoke to him about his next steps. Martin Fayulu on the campaign trail in December 2018. Credit: Martin Fayulu. Martin Fayulu shouldn’t be here. He shouldn’t be sat across from me in this hastily-vacated office we commandeered after his modest event at the Royal African Society in London. He... more
Friday, 12 April 2019 - 3:27pm
The new rivalries at the top. An aborted revolution. And the international actors jostling for dominance.  Gen Awad Ibn Auf has now been sworn in as the head of the military council that is meant to oversee a two-year transition to civilian rule in Sudan following huge protests. On 11 April, following six days of protests, a cabal of military officers, security chiefs and paramilitary commanders... more
Friday, 12 April 2019 - 10:41am
Proposed amendments would not only allow President al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034, but enhance military power and undermine the judiciary. President Al-Sisi came to power after elections in 2014 after leading a coup in 2013. Credit: Sebastian Horndasch. In Egypt’s farcical March 2018 elections, President Abdelfattah al-Sisi was re-elected with 97.8% of the vote. A few months later, the... more
Thursday, 11 April 2019 - 1:25pm
The flattening of homes in Legetafo Legedadi has caused havoc for thousands. As usual, the poor and women are the worst affected. In February, bulldozers began demolishing thousands of homes in Legetafo Legedadi, outside Addis Ababa. On 19 February, bulldozers descended on Legetafo Legedadi, on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, and began demolishing over 3,000 homes. With... more