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, 22 August 2018 - 10:44am
In one of the world’s most homophobic countries, a new generation of writers are writing queer people into existence. Credit: Günther Flaig. On Nigeria’s streets, on the pages of its newspapers, and on its screens, members of the LGBTQ community are largely invisible. And with good reason. Nigeria is one of the least tolerant countries in the world for gay people. In a 2013 global survey,... more
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 - 2:45pm
Before the elections, we identified six make or break conditions that would determine the credibility of the vote. How many were met? Zimbabwean voters queue to vote in the 30 July 2018 elections. Credit: Commonwealth Secretariat. This week, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court will rule on the credibility of the July elections that officially saw President Emmerson Mnangagwa re-elected. The... more
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 - 10:57am
With words and actions, the Tanzanian is pressuring Burundian refugees to go home, putting them at greater risk of abuses. There are over 230,000 Burundian refugees still in Tanzania. Credit: Gilles Amadou Ouédraogo (LWF). Over the last few months, the Burundian government has continued to insist that the deadly instability is over. Three years after President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for... more
Monday, 20 August 2018 - 4:41pm
When Bobi Wine is released, the young and outspoken MP will likely be welcomed by even bigger crowds than he left behind. Bobi Wine on the campaign trail with Kassiano Wadri, the independent candidate that won the Arua by-election last week. Credit: Bobi Wine. When Robert Kyagulanyi – better known as Bobi Wine – was elected to Uganda’s parliament last July, the opposition’s excitement around the... more
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - 1:51pm
Mozambique’s new fees come a month before municipal elections and a year before the 2019 presidential poll. Credit: Commonwealth Secretariat. 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... more