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. 

Monday, 19 February 2018 - 1:17pm
From apparently hopeless beginnings, Mauritius has become one of Africa’s most celebrated countries. But tough challenges are on the horizon. Mauritius. Credit: Miwok. The story of how Mauritius defied the gloomy predictions of its fate is well told. A few years before independence in 1968, Nobel-prize-winning economist James Meade wrote the little island in the Indian Ocean off as a basket... more
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 1:42pm
The stepping down of Hailemariam Desalegn will not satisfy Ethiopia’s protesters. But it is a start. Hailemariam Desalegn, in power since 2012, has said he will remain a caretaker prime minister until his successor is picked. Credit: United Nations/Bo Li. Hailemariam Desalegn has announced his resignation as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and chair of the ruling Ethiopian People’s... more
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 10:36am
Musicians in Eritrea used to have to sing the government’s praises to pass the censors. Now there are other ways to get heard. Screenshot from Aytitehamel, by Eseyas Debesay and the Yohannes sisters. In 2005, Eritrean singer Ghirmay Andom had just completed his latest album. As required by the government, he submitted the lyrics to his ten songs to the censorship office (officially known as “... more
Monday, 12 February 2018 - 10:23am
Too often, initiatives aimed at helping returning child soldiers fail to listen to what the boys and girls say they want and need to reintegrate. Girls aged 15-18 in Lupango, South Kivu. They were previously associated with armed groups. Credit: Child Soldiers International. The latest UN Report on Children and Armed Conflict names 56 non-state armed groups and seven state armed forces as guilty... more
Friday, 9 February 2018 - 10:52am
Protesters are demanding President Faure Gnassingbé leave power. The ruling party and army are adamant he stays. Protesters in Togo have been taking the streets in almost weekly marches since August 2017. For Togolese protesters, the 1 February announcement that a dialogue was to be held between the ruling party and opposition came as a surprise. As they were gearing up for another round of... more