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, 14 May 2019 - 11:57am
Togo constitution: President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo has ruled since 2005 and could continue to 2030. Credit: Presidence Benin. 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... more
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 - 10:49am
For years now, students and teachers in the Anglophone regions have been prevented from going to school.  Cameroon schools: A school in Limbe, South West Region of Cameroon where the enforced school boycott continues. Credit: Phil Hilfiker. It’s 8am on Monday morning in Old Town, a locality in Bamenda, but there are barely any people on the streets. In the centre of this city in Cameroon’s North... more
Friday, 10 May 2019 - 12:44pm
The results from the 8 May general elections suggest the ruling ANC and main opposition DA retain widespread, if reluctant, support. South Africa results: Night falls on Voting Day in South Africa’s 8 May general elections. Credit: Martin Plaut. Khayelitsha is the sort of place tourists seldom visit, perhaps accelerating a little nervously to get past it on to the famed vineyards and classy... more
Friday, 10 May 2019 - 10:50am
The identity of the Saharawi people is rooted not just in language, customs and history, but solidarity. South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on a visit to a Saharawi Refugee Camp in Tindouf in 2018. Credit: DIRCO. This is the final article in the seven-part series Living In Translation about language and identity. They are guest edited by Nanjala... more
Thursday, 9 May 2019 - 11:20am
Uganda’s government is clamping down heavily on opposition figure Bobi Wine, but he and his supporters remain undeterred. Supporters of Bobi Wine celebrate his release on bail in Kampala. Credit: Sophie Neiman. Outside of the Chief Magistrate Court in Kampala, crowds of young people decked in red berets and clothing sing and cheer. They came here to support Bobi Wine at his bail application... more