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. 

Monday, 12 March 2018 - 12:31pm
Offering warring elites rewards to lay down arms hasn’t worked. The profits of conflict must be removed and the focus shifted to the ground level. A female ex-combatant sews in South Sudan. Credit: UNDP South Sudan/Brian Sokol. Mediators trying to end South Sudan’s deadly ongoing conflict have typically attempted to do so by “buying peace”. As the death toll rises and the humanitarian... more
Friday, 9 March 2018 - 7:00am
Mugabe may have gone, but the young activist’s family is still picking up the pieces after his disappearance and are still demanding answers. Three Billboards at a Zimbabwe bus terminal. They read: “Abducted at the barber. Still no arrests. How come ED [President Mnangagwa]?” Credit: Baynham Goredema.On a sunny Zimbabwean afternoon, Nokutenda is the first to spot me. I can... more
Thursday, 8 March 2018 - 2:28pm
In Nigeria, Okoye would have been warned from childhood to soften her features so she can find a man to marry her. The blockbuster Black Panther depicts several strong female characters. Marvel’s Black Panther is a rare blockbuster to have achieved both box office domination and genuine cultural significance. One of the reasons for this is the film’s unlikely but welcomed focus on feminism. Set... more
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 - 10:58am
The death of a respected elder while in jail has prompted an outpouring of grief and anger on the streets of Asmara. Screenshot from a video of the recent protest in Asmara, Eritrea. Last week, the respected elder Hajji Musa Mohammednur inspired aggrieved crowds in Eritrea‘s capital and shook the confidence of the regime. This was the second, and last, time he will have done so in the past... more
African Arguments - This is Afrofuturism
Tuesday, 6 March 2018 - 11:55am
Afrofuturism reimagines the past and envisions what can be. If fact follows fiction, the future will belong to Africa and our storytellers.   Clockwise from top left: Sanford Bigger’s “Bam”; a bodypainting work by Laolu Senbanjo; the cover of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death; Janelle Monae’s album The ArchAndroid; poster from Black Panther; Awol Erizku’s “Girl With A... more