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, 14 February 2019 - 10:53am
15 years after the brutal war ended, no one has been prosecuted and many victims feel they’ve been forgotten. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed in Liberia’s consecutive civil wars. Credit: Mark Fischer. In July 1990, Victoria Duo sheltered along with two thousand others, her toddler strapped to her back, in St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Monrovia. “In the night, we started... more
Thursday, 14 February 2019 - 9:46am
France is in Chad to support the “war on terror”, yet the its most recent targets have all been political rebels. The militaries of France and Chad participate in ceremony to commemorate launch of Operation Barkhane. Credit: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Martin S. Bonner. Between 3 and 6 February, the French army launched airstrikes against a rebel convoy in Chad. The intervention came at... more
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 - 11:23am
Tanzania has declined to release a worrying audit into its public finances. We analyse and publish it below. A new report shines a light on the chaotic state of public finances in Tanzania. Credit: Andrew Moore. After taking office in 2015, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli quickly launched a widely-praised anti-corruption campaign. He made a show of plugging the holes in a very leaky government... more
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 - 4:49pm
Credit: EC/ECHO. African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the 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: $10/month ($15 if you want to be a... more
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 - 2:23pm
Responsibility for ensuring a successful election falls on Nigeria’s leaders, but international partners can make that outcome more likely. An opposition rally ahead of Nigeria’s finely poised 2019 elections. Credit: Atiku Abubakar campaign. Apart from the posters of candidates adorning the streets, there were few obvious signs in the capital Abuja when I was there a few weeks ago that... more