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, 29 August 2018 - 10:30am
Vice-president Chilima has left the ruling party and plans to run against his old boss in 2019. How does this affect the political landscape? President Peter Mutharika lays a brick as Vice-President Saulos Chilima (in the sunglasses) watches on. Credit: Arthur Peter Mutharika. Soon after Peter Mutharika became Malawi’s president in 2014, he reiterated the promises he had made so many times on the... more
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 - 3:05pm
Credit: UN Photo/Tobin Jones. To get the whole Insiders’ Newsletter, helping you keep track of and understand developments on the continent while supporting African Arguments, click HERE to subscribe and get your first month FREE. You can also now give a lucky someone a subscription as a gift. Find out more here. This week’s free preview section (scroll down) is about advancements and... more
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 - 10:41am
Water shortages in northeastern Nigeria are leading people to be displaced and discouraging others from returning home. Camps are struggling to cope. Buses wait to transport IDPs in northeast Nigeria back to their home areas. Credit: Immanuel Afolabi. This article was made possible by the generous “supporter” subscribers of the Insiders’ Newsletter. The little bit extra they give goes to funding... more
Thursday, 23 August 2018 - 11:50am
African activists are increasingly finding their voices amplified by allies across the continent. Most #FreeBobiWine traffic came from outside Uganda. When Ugandan politician Bobi Wine was arrested, people across East Africa voiced their opposition both online, through the #FreeBobiWine hashtag, and offline. The violent arrest, detention and now treason charges levelled at Ugandan politician... more
Thursday, 23 August 2018 - 10:52am
Uganda’s old guard fear the new and they don’t know what to do. Bobi Wine leading a protest against Uganda’s new social media tax. Credit: Bobi Wine. Today, Ugandan MP Robert Kyagulanyi – better known as musician Bobi Wine – appeared before the General Court Martial in Gulu, where the state withdrew charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. Minutes after being... more