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, 27 February 2018 - 1:56pm
The Kenyan government is launching an assault on the rule of law. External partners are needed to help change this trajectory. At an opposition rally in Homa Bay, Kenya. Credit: NASA. Kenya is currently sliding towards two worrying scenarios: political chaos and possible inter-communal violence; and/or an authoritarian crackdown that could cripple its young democracy. The desire within Kenya to... more
Friday, 23 February 2018 - 11:04am
Michel Atangana may be physically free, but like his country, he remains shackled in many ways. Michel Thierry Atangana spent 17 years in jail in Cameroon based on false accusations. Michel Thierry Atangana is not a household name, but perhaps he should be. He is a hero and testament to the always fragile but irrepressible human spirit. Tomorrow, 24 February, marks the four-year anniversary of... more
African Arguments - Ethiopia’s next Prime Minister
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 11:16am
As it picks Ethiopia’s next leader, the ruling coalition can pave the way for genuine reform or instil more discontent. Oromo protesters marching last week calling for the release of opposition figures in Ethiopia. Credit: Jawar Mohammed. The last week has been a highly dramatic and unpredictable one for Ethiopia. On 14 February, hundreds of political prisoners, journalists and opposition... more
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 10:30am
Will there actually be elections? Or a non-violent uprising? Or foreign intervention? Here are some scenarios the Congo could face. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Irene2005. In the latest development of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) political saga, a government spokesperson has said that President Joseph Kabila will announce his intended successor this July.... more
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - 11:14am
From construction companies to pharmacies, businesses in Sudan are struggling as basic costs change by the day, if not the hour. Khartoum, Sudan. Credit: Peter Bury. As part of her job, Saria has to start her week by withdrawing money from the bank. But for the past month or so, she has struggled to get out the cash she needs. “I went to the bank and at the counter I was told that I can withdraw... more