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. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - 1:30pm
Girls and women who join Boko Haram simply tend to see it as the best option available to them. It is not uncommon to hear of girls and women escaping IDP camps to return to their Boko Haram husbands. Credit: UD. This June, reports emerged that Aisha, the wife of Boko Haram commander, had fled her home in Maiduguri. The 25-year-old reportedly escaped the city to rejoin her husband Mamman Nur and... more
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - 12:28pm
Why do so many people want the inexperienced and untested former footballer to be president? George Weah’s campaign poster. Back in 2005, when Liberia held its first elections since the end of the devastating civil war, George Weah won the first round of the presidential poll. The young and world famous footballer garnered a substantial 28.3% of the votes. However, that year, the dream... more
Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 1:10pm
Women have been at the heart of some of the most powerful new films from Africa. Here are some you won’t want to miss. The films listed below are all showing at Film Africa 2017, which is taking place at venues around London from 27 September to 5 November. À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer (“I still hide when I smoke”) Director: Rayhana Obermeyer Set during the Algerian... more
Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 11:10am
Keeping the incumbent party in office may be difficult to bear, but hope that the opposition will bring change may also be misplaced. The two contenders: Joseph Boakai (left) and George Weah (right). Musa Lamine was sitting under his market stall listening attentively to his radio when the news came over the airwaves. None of the 20 contestants in Liberia’s 10 October presidential election had... more
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 6:49pm
What matters now is that President Kenyatta demonstrates restraint in dealing with protesters and shows magnanimity in victory. Opposition leader Raila Odinga addresses supporters at a rally. Credit: Raila Odinga. From 6am tomorrow morning, many, but perhaps not most, Kenyans will vote in the 26 October re-run of Kenya’s presidential election. The dramas that have occurred following the landmark... more