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, 15 November 2018 - 1:11pm
A combination of heavier rains and man-made problems has contributed to devastating floods. Is the government doing enough? An estimated two hundred people have died and 600,000 have been displaced due to floods in Nigeria this year. Credit: Bart Fouche. Over the last few years in Nigeria, seasonal flooding has killed hundreds, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and displaced millions of... more
Thursday, 15 November 2018 - 11:02am
The selection of Emmanuel Shadary to be the regime’s presidential candidate has surprised many. None more so than Shadary himself. A campaign event featuring a banner showing presidential candidate Emmanuel Shadary along with the outgoing President Joseph Kabila. Credit: Shadary Campaign. On 27 October, presidential candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary was officially presented to thousands... more
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 3:09pm
Martin Fayulu was briefly the Congolese opposition’s choice to be the single candidate in presidential elections. If you haven’t subscribed to the Insiders Newsletter, you’re missing out on the juiciest insights from our top journalists and analysts. To subscribe, click HERE. It only takes as moment. Below is a list of the sections that you’re missing out on, but below... more
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 12:26pm
There are three key reasons the UN is removing sanctions on Eritrea. Sanctions are being lifted, but Eritrea’s government faces many more problems. Credit: Andrea Moroni. The United Nations Security Council is about to lift an arms embargo and targeted sanctions against Eritrea. UN Security Council resolution 1907, which was passed in 2009, noted that the Eritrean government was backing al-... more
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 11:14am
Cameroon’s electoral system is deeply lopsided. Citizens will only stand for that so long. President Biya was re-elected but frustrations against him and the system are mounting. Credit: Ludwig Tröller. On 6 November, Paul Biya was inaugurated for the seventh time. The 85-year-old has already been in power for the last 36 years and will now serve another seven-year term. He was re-elected... more