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. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 11:23am
Meet the five African teams hoping to make history at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Nigeria are one of a few teams with a good chance of getting into the knockout stages. Credit: Nigeria Super Eagles. The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off from 14 June in Russia. Africa has five representatives in this elite competition: Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, and Tunisia. No African team has... more
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 10:49am
Four key issues that will need to be resolved for the neighbours to normalise relations. An artist in Eritrea paints a patriotic mural of the war. Credit: David Stanley. In 1991, as the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, I led peace talks between Ethiopia and Eritrean separatists. The negotiations ended a nearly thirty-year war and established Eritrea as an independent state.... more
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 - 3:18pm
Rebranding refugees as entrepreneurs and camps as places of opportunity shows the boundless cynicism of neoliberal humanitarianism. On 9 June, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) co-hosted TEDxKakumaCamp, the first ever TEDx event held in a refugee camp. The talks were organised under the euphoric theme “Thrive” and promised to tell “stories that uplift and inspire not just the communities that host... more
Friday, 1 June 2018 - 8:00am
This was a historic moment, but we are not taught about history, especially our own. Some royal watchers in Africa photoshopped the happy couple’s faces onto people wearing African costumes. Credit: @FUERTESKNIGHT. As the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry unfolded last month, I was fascinated by the attention it got across Africa. Elites in cities across the continent... more
Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 11:56am
With Zimbabwe’s main parties sounding different but looking the same, could a wave of local independent candidates bring some hope? Credit: @ThisFlag With President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcing that general elections will be held on 30 July, Zimbabwe now has just two months to go before the big day. These will be the country’s first ever polls without Robert Mugabe at the helm, and in... more