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.

Thursday, 2 May 2019 - 11:20am
The scorching afternoon sun beats down on Kakuma camp in Kenya’s dry north-east. Home to nearly 150,000 refugees, mostly from South Sudan and Somalia, the busy streets here are lined with corrugated iron homes interspersed with the invasive mathenge tree. The inhabitants of the world’s fourth largest refugee camp are heavily restricted in what they can do and where they can go. Many have... more
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 11:47am
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa hosts President Xi Jinping of China on a state visit in 2018. Credit: GCIS. 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. It’s for... more
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 11:11am
Sudan’s former president was central to South Sudan’s latest peace process. Elites in both countries may sense opportunity in his absence. Sudan and South Sudan need stability for oil revenues to flow, but the politics of both countries are more complicated than that. One of the last things Omar al-Bashir did before he was ousted on 11 April was to oversee South Sudan’s latest peace... more
Monday, 29 April 2019 - 12:17pm
For over three weeks, protesters have transformed the space outside the military HQ and made it a microcosm of the future they want.  Protesters in Khartoum stop demonstrating to watch the Barcelona-Manchester United match. Credit: Twitter/Yousra Elbagir. Where there is revolution, there’s a central gathering point – just think of Egypt’s Tahrir Square, Taksim Square in Istanbul, and Habib... more
Monday, 29 April 2019 - 11:01am
Egypt’s regime has clamped down heavily on dissent at home. Now it is making life difficult for critics abroad. Egypt has targeted opponents abroad recently such as actors Amr Waked and Khaled Abol Naga, accused of treason, and television presenter Moataz Matar, whose family members were arrested. Credit: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Steve Rhodes. Over the next few weeks, Egypt will be hosting a... more