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. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 - 10:21am
The suggestion the US should intervene is based on half-truths and is an affront to sovereignty, argues Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Macharia Kamau. Credit: IDLO. That Mark Bellamy and Johnnie Carson are accomplished US diplomats is not in doubt. It may also be assumed that their relationship with Kenya as former ambassadors in Nairobi gives them a more than... more
Monday, 5 March 2018 - 10:41am
Sexual violence is widespread in the Central African Republic’s conflict, including against thousands of men and boys. Care and attention to male survivors of sexual violence is particularly limited in the CAR. Credit: Zack Baddorf. During an attack on his village near Kaga Bandoro in April 2017, Emmanuel* was captured by an armed group. They took him to a temporary military base in the... more
African Arguments - Tanzania: Everyone is scared
Friday, 2 March 2018 - 11:06am
In an unprecedented move, leaders from all sectors of society are speaking out about growing assaults on freedoms and political violence. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: Hendri Lombard/World Bank. On 16 February, Akwinlina Akwiline was on her way to university in Dar es Salaam. She was reportedly heading to the National Institute of Transport, where she was a student, in order to hand in a... more
Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 11:45am
The ruling APC is resilient, but the main opposition SLPP and newly-minted NGC are launching strong challenges to change Sierra Leone’s direction. A voter at the polling booth in Sierra Leone’s 2012 elections. Credit: Commonwealth Secretariat. On 7 March, Sierra Leoneans will head to the polls to vote in general elections that could hold critical significance for the country’s... more
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 11:33am
Sierra Leone’s elections have typically been a contest between the APC and SLPP. But now there are new challengers in the running. The National Grand Coalition, led by Kandeh Yumkella (pictured), is one of the new parties challenging in the upcoming Sierra Leone elections. Credit: UNIDO/ Gerhard Fally. On 7 March, Sierra Leone heads to the polls as President Ernest Bai Koroma’s... more