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, 18 July 2019 - 11:11am
On the outskirts of the French capital, neighbours from different African countries complete for local pride and glory. The Rest of the World team, playing at the tournament final and made up of players from diverse countries including Cameroon, Vietnam, Guadeloupe. This article is part of “In the name of the beautiful game“, a series of articles on football and how it intersects with all aspects... more
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - 1:26pm
From evocative prose to moving memoirs and hilarious satire, we bring you some of Africa’s best reads from the first half of 2019: Manchester Happened – by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Upon finishing Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s debut novel Kintu, many a reader sat in impatience waiting for news of her next book. Finally, it has arrived and once more, the UK-based Ugandan writer has... more
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - 12:18pm
Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. 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 those who want a bit extra and comes with a small... more
Friday, 12 July 2019 - 11:06am
We are delighted to introduce you to the second episode of the Into Africa podcast created in partnership with African Arguments. Into Africa is a fortnightly podcast series by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Every third episode is put together in collaboration with African Arguments. This episode featuring African Arguments Deputy Editor Ayodeji Rotinwa is The Beautiful... more
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 12:03pm
If structured the right way and linked to clear goals, diaspora bonds have huge potential to raise much-needed development finance.  Credit: Office of Teodoro Obiang. Nigeria’s first diaspora bond, issued in 2017, was a resounding success. It raised $300 million for investment in infrastructure from Nigerians overseas and was oversubscribed by 130%. The government is now reportedly planning a... more