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, 4 September 2018 - 11:32am
With party agents openly offering people cash for votes, many fear that money could be the determining factor in Nigeria’s upcoming elections. Elections in Nigeria in 2015. Credit: US Embassy / Idika Onyukwu. Last week, a civil society group took Nigeria’s electoral commission to court for its alleged failure to address vote-buying in July’s Ekiti governorship election. The case, brought by... more
Monday, 3 September 2018 - 11:15am
Under the current rules (changed months before the last elections in 2011), the DRC’s next president could come to power with just 5.3% of the vote. After a two-year delay, the DRC votes in elections on 23 December. Credit: USAID/A. Luyoyo. When voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) finally go to the polls on 23 December, it looks like they will be faced with a choice of at least... more
Friday, 31 August 2018 - 11:49am
Theresa May is the latest UK leader to visit “Africa” for their own political purposes, with aid now being linked to post-Brexit trade deals. UK Prime Minister Theresa May dances in South Africa. In 1948, British ministers discussed the development needs of African colonial territories. But the focus was not on the needs of those countries, but on how colonial development might best... more
Friday, 31 August 2018 - 10:55am
If it weren’t for China, Africa’s largest trading partner would be India. But how different is its mode of engagement? Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India on a visit to South Africa in 2016. With China’s top-level Africa forum set to begin in Beijing on 3-4 September, many outsiders not invited to the party will be watching closely. Among them will be China’s populous neighbour, and... more
Thursday, 30 August 2018 - 12:02pm
China and Mauritius will reassert their friendship again at FOCAC, but is it just a matter of time before Beijing outgrows its tiny partner? Mauritius has had a close relationship with China since independence, in part due to its diaspora links. Credit: Lukas Litz Obb. When the Mauritian and Chinese leaders meet at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on 3-4 September, it will be for the... more