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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.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 11:38am
South Africa’s relationship with the rest of Africa is often conflicted. The decision to teach Kiswahili in schools gives a glimpse into what could be. South Africa plans to introduce Kiswahili to schools in 2020. Credit: Steven Tan. This is the third 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 - 10:49am
Control of most areas is unlikely to change following the elections, but Port Elizabeth has switched hands recently and could do again. Former mayor of Port Elizabeth Athol Trollip at a Democratic Alliance rally in East London ahead of the South Africa elections. Credit: Martin Plaut. This is the second instalment of a three-part series around the South Africa elections on 8 May. Read the first... more
African Arguments - For Naija, We Dey Kampe
Monday, 6 May 2019 - 2:09pm
Adaptable, jazz-like and subversive. How Pidgin English, the language of Fela Kuti, turns competitors into comrades in Nigeria. Nigeria night life. Credit: Oluwaseun Duncan. This is the second article in the seven-part series Living In Translation, guest edited by Nanjala Nyabola, that will be published across this week. See all the articles published so far here. It is a cold evening and Abuja... more
African Arguments - Living in Translation
Monday, 6 May 2019 - 1:18pm
Welcome to a new series of articles, guest edited by Nanjala Nyabola, exploring the worlds our languages have built across Africa. I was recently asked to do a live segment for a Kiswahili language station on a new data collection exercise spearheaded by the Kenyan government. I said yes because I had literally just published a 268-page book that touched on the subject, and because Kiswahili is... more
Monday, 6 May 2019 - 10:34am
Attention ahead of the 8 May elections has focused on major cities, but what are voters saying in overlooked rural areas where a third of voters live? Will opposition parties like he Democratic Alliance be able to pick up disenchanted rural voters in the South Africa elections? Credit: Martin Plaut. This is the first instalment of a three-part series around South Africa’s 8 May general... more