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. 

Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 12:37pm
Labour-intensive export-led industrialisation worked for China, but Africa is not China. It must come up with its own strategies to reduce poverty. If Asia’s labour-intensive export-led industrialisation won’t work, could an African model focus on the domestic market? Credit: Chris Eason. Africa’s economic progress over the last 25 years has been a mixed bag. On the one hand, the... more
Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 11:25am
From party officials’ half-truths, to wild conspiracy theories, to fabricated news articles, fake news has spread far and wide.  Examples of fake news around Nigeria’s 2019 election. Fake news is not new to Nigeria. In the 2015 elections, for example, a 55-minute documentary full of falsehoods entitled “The Real Buhari” aired on television before doing the rounds on social media. In... more
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - 2:58pm
African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and more. It’s for those who want a bit extra and comes with a small subscription fee: $10/month ($15 if you want to be a generous... more
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 12:15pm
Sudan stands alone as it protests thirty years of oppression. And yet so much of its struggle resonates across Africa and the world. The Sudan struggle links closely to others across the world. Sudan struggles alone. The government’s reaction to nationwide protests has been brutal. The uprising began on 19 December and continues to pick up numbers and energy over a month later. So far, at least... more
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 10:57am
Just like the colonists gave way to independence, and the military gave way to civil rule, the current system can also give way to true democracy. Transitions of power at the ballot box have not changed Nigeria, but large-scale mobilisations have and can again. In just a couple of weeks, Nigerians will get to vote for their president. On 16 February, the people will have a choice between 72... more