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. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 12:07pm
The cost of solar power is plummeting, but some challenges remain. A solar field in Rwanda. Credit: Sameer Halai. I was born and raised in Kenya, a child of the city brought up with a deep love for my ancestral home of Oyani. Nestled between Lake Victoria and the Maasai Mara, it was a place we fondly referred to as “the promised land”. Every year, during the Christmas holidays, my parents would... more
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 11:17am
The crisis in Lake Chad Basin is one of the most desperate, and neglected, in the world. Millions of people have been displaced by Boko Haram, and more are facing food insecurity. Credit: Espen Røst/Bistandsaktuelt. It may not get the same level of international attention as similar crises, but the humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad Basin is one of the worst in the world – and appears to be... more
Friday, 22 September 2017 - 8:22pm
I want to believe you don’t know about the crimes against humanity committed by the authorities with whom you dine. But I find it difficult. Sauti Sol with Burundi’s Vice-President Gaston Sindimwo. Credit: Sauti Sol. Dear Sauti Sol, I am one of your biggest fans. Your music gives me life (particularly on chilly Saturday mornings) and like you, I too swore to “live and die... more
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 11:14am
Humanitarian assistance to internally-displaced persons is crucial, but this must be complemented with longer-term policies. Sala, 6, and her schoolmates study in Niger after being resettled from Nigeria. Credit: UNHCR / H. Caux. Gripped by multiple humanitarian crises, 2016 saw more people displaced globally than at any time since World War II. According to the UN, 66 million people fled their... more
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 3:37pm
George Weah was the presidential runner-up in 2005. Ahead of the October vote, he is drawing huge crowds again and hopes to do one better. George Weah supporters await his arrival at the party headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia. Credit: Stephen D. Kollie. On Saturday, 19 August, ardent supporters of Liberia’s presidential candidate George Weah brought the capital to a standstill. Over the... more