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.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - 11:37am
A UN delegation in Ituri, DR Congo, assesses response against the Ebola Virus Disease in the province. Credit: MONUSCO / Guy Karema. African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and... more
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - 10:46am
What’s the difference between a block and a blackout? Who’s responsible? What can be done? Sudan has shut down the internet amid protests on various occasions. Since 2017, authorities in 19 African countries have temporarily blocked social media or restricted internet service. Last month’s shutdowns in Ethiopia and Mauritania were just the latest in a long pattern. Often lost in the... more
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 - 3:48pm
At the recently concluded AFCON, Egypt’s politics of control against its own fans was on display in the empty stands.  The Nigeria vs. Algeria AFCON semi-final game between two football heavyweights. But you wouldn’t know it by the looks of the stadium. Credit: Temi Egbejule A few weeks ago while in an Uber, running errands in the debilitating heat of Cairo’s noon, the driver and I started... more
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 - 11:02am
In the past decade, Boko Haram has gone from a village in Yobe, to attacking major cities, to bedding in around Lake Chad. The August 2011 Boko Haram bombing outside the UN building in Nigeria’s capital Abuja killed at least 21 people. Credit: Gbemiga Olamikan. Ten years ago in July 2009, Nigeria’s security forces cracked down on what was then a relatively little-known Islamic group in the... more
Thursday, 18 July 2019 - 1:05pm
Our new report found that African applicants are more than twice as likely to be refused a visitor’s visa than those from any other continent. The launch of the report Visa Problems for African Visitors to the UK in Parliament. Credit: APPG for Africa. When a prominent Liberian women’s rights activist, let’s call her Mary, was personally invited by the UK’s Department for... more