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. 

Friday, 25 January 2019 - 4:30pm
“Tuku” used his powerful poetic voice to change whole systems, forge global connections, and advocate for justice, freedom and the oppressed. Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi performing in 2018. Credit: Mário Pires. Where does one begin when paying tribute to a figure who is, at once, a recently-departed soul but simultaneously a living, breathing and immortal legend? One could... more
Friday, 25 January 2019 - 12:33pm
Small-scale mining supports hundreds of thousands of relatively well-paid jobs, but with serious health and safety hazards. In Tanzania, mining is often the subject of headline news. There are frequent reports in the papers regarding fresh multimillion deals, new tax plans for the sector, or allegations of malpractice. These stories tend to focus on large-scale mining, which is central to the... more
Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 10:56am
After a long struggle, the people have (kind of but not really) got what they want with President Kabila (kind of but not really) conceding power. The DR Congo’s new President Tshisekedi officially won the December 2018 elections. When Felix Tshisekedi takes oath later today, he will become the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) fifth president. His inauguration will mark the country’s... more
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - 2:30pm
Both the president and his main challenger failed to show up last Saturday, but the debate battled on anyway.  The Nigeria presidential debate saw three contenders match up. With general elections less than a month away, Nigeria held a much-awaited presidential debate on 19 January. Voters around the country tuned in for two hours on Saturday evening to hear what their next president had to say... more