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, 8 November 2018 - 11:56am
US sanctions are undermining Zimbabwe’s access credit and investment. They supposedly about rule of law, but there’s likely an ulterior motive. US sanctions under ZIDERA impose heavy conditions on Zimbabwe’s government, but hit ordinary citizens hardest. Credit: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Almost a year since Robert Mugabe was removed and months since elections,... more
African Arguments - A woman online, in Tanzania
Wednesday, 7 November 2018 - 11:38am
Tanzanian twitter has lost its chill. It’s become a scary place for women and dissenters. But we’re not yet ready to give it up. Hundreds march in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2017 calling on people to speak out and take action to end violence against women and girls. Credit: UN Women/Deepika Nath. Hello, Elsie here! @Mikochenireport, blogging for the currently suspended Mikocheni Report.... more
Tuesday, 6 November 2018 - 3:24pm
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: Babak Fakhamzadeh. 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 that there’s a preview section to whet your appetite. The... more
Tuesday, 6 November 2018 - 2:35pm
Many presumed him dead, but Kanu is now back and calling for voters in the South East to boycott Nigeria’s elections. Will they listen? Nnamdi Kanu was missing for over a year but has resurfaced in Israel. Credit: Elliot Ugochukwu-Ukoh. Until a couple of weeks ago, Nnamdi Kanu hadn’t been seen or heard publicly for over a year. The outspoken leader of the separatist group, the Indigenous... more
Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 11:52am
What concerns will sway voters? Which regions will decide Nigeria’s next president? Nigeria’s 2019 presidential race looks set to be a two-horse race between President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar (right). Credit: Presidence du Benin/LSE Africa Summit. Election season is in full swing in Nigeria. In the presidential contest, we now know it will... more