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. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 10:45am
In the last month, impeachment proceedings have begun, an unholy alliance has emerged, and the president’s accused opponents of launching a coup. Credit: Hery Zo Rakotondramanana When Madagascar’s opposition organised a rally on 21 April, its objective was simply to denounce some proposed new electoral laws. But when police opened fired in the capital Antananarivo, killing two and injuring... more
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 11:26am
IPOB’s call for a shut-down might fall flat. But many will nonetheless mark Biafra Day in more or less coordinated, more or less personal, ways. Protesters in 2017 demanding a referendum on independence for Biafra. At a centre for Biafra war veterans in south east Nigeria, John Oliwe rolls his wheelchair into the backyard. He uses a small cutlass to uproot weeds from his vegetable plot as... more
Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 11:27am
If today’s vote goes President Nkurunziza’s way – as it almost certainly will – more of Burundi’s hard-won democratic freedoms will be sacrificed. When President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term in 2015, it led to widespread protests. Credit: Igor Rugwiza. The citizens of Burundi votes today in a controversial referendum. The vote is likely to result in constitutional amendments... more
Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 10:41am
The many contradictory rumours about the former president’s plans and potential alliances highlight the unstable nature of Malawi’s politics. Former president Joyce Banda has come back to Malawi following four years away. Credit: Paul Morigi. After almost four years away, former president Joyce Banda finally returned to Malawi on 28 April, stepping on home soil for the first time... more
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - 11:19am
In the top circles of both the ruling ZANU-PF and opposition MDC, women are now almost nowhere to be seen. Nelson Chamisa, the new president of the MDC Alliance, at a recent rally. Credit: MDC Zimbabwe. When President Emmerson Mnangagwa came to office last November, he vowed to usher in a fresh new era for Zimbabwe. Six months into his administration, the jury is still out on whether he has... more