African Arguments Online

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of journalists, researchers and commentators. We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments also provides a crucial and unique platform for predominantly African writers to reach a predominantly African, and international, audience. Of the 200+ articles we published in 2017, over two-thirds were by African authors. The majority of our readers meanwhile are of African descent, whether living on the continent or in the diaspora.

Thursday, 9 May 2019 - 10:30am
Full of subtleties and triple entendres, threats and assurances, Kiswahili is not one language, but many (…some versions better than others). At Mzizima fish market in Dar es Salaam, the heart of Swahili country, Tanzania. Credit: David Stanley. This is the sixth article in the seven-part series Living In Translation about language and identity. They are guest edited by Nanjala Nyabola and... more
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - 11:29am
The emperors made us speak one language to bring us together. It failed, but it also succeeded. Participants of the Great Ethiopian Run wear a t-shirt with the message “Empower Women, Empower a Nation” in Amharic on the back. Credit: UNICEF Ethiopia/2014/Sewunet. This is the fifth article in the seven-part series Living In Translation about language and identity. They are guest edited... more
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - 10:48am
Across West Africa, several countries’ democratic reputations are under threat. The presidents of Benin, Senegal and Guinea are all tightening their grip on power in questionable ways. Credit: Presidence Benin/GPE-Heather Shuker/DoC. Last week, Benin was propelled into the international spotlight as security forces fired on demonstrators protesting against the country’s deeply flawed... more
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 1:34pm
The Kreol language binds Mauritius’ diverse communities together and links us all, inescapably, to our country’s African origins. Mauritius is known for having one of the most diverse societies in the world. Credit: Miwok. This is the fourth article in the seven-part series Living In Translation about language and identity. They are guest edited by Nanjala Nyabola and will be... more
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 12:04pm
African Arguments spoke to several former detainees of the notorious prison where prisoners underwent daily torture and lived in appalling conditions. In 2017, some detainees filmed a video from inside Cameroon’s notorious prison known as The Bunker in Yaoundé. A few blocks from the European Embassy in Yaoundé stands the Secrétariat d’Etat à la Défense (SED), surrounded by tall walls... more

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