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. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - 11:18am
Tanzania claims to have abundant unused land to attract investors. But as tensions over resources grow, farmers, pastoralists and experts beg to differ. Rain clouds over a farming village near Iringa, Tanzania. Credit: UN Photo/Wolff By the side of a road near Morogoro, Stanley and his friends stand next to their large buckets of tomatoes as cars whizz past. Wearing sideways baseball caps,... more
Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 9:15am
From politics to grassroots campaigning to online spaces, women in Nigeria are mobilising and speaking out. Here are three leading the charge. Women make up half of Nigeria’s population but just 6% of its lawmakers. Credit: UN Women Nigeria/Lady Eguche. As Nigeria readies itself for general elections in 2019, the absence of female political leaders has been thrown into stark relief. Women... more
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 10:32am
In Uganda, HIV prevalence is four times higher among young women than young men. Yusuf Byaruhanga and Israel Bendaki, members of the HIV “positive living group” in Kampala. Credit: Alice McCool. In an informal settlement in central Kampala, Yusuf Byaruhanga sits within the faded pastel walls of a school. With his walking stick resting next to his chair, the 63-year-old talks openly... more
Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 11:34am
Activists’ use of #ThisFlag and the president’s use of #ThisScarf look the same, but they couldn’t be more different. A garment for all occasions: Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa has been weather his favourite scarf, in fair weather and foul. Zimbabwe’s national flag has come back into political fashion recently – this time as a scarf. Since President Emmerson Mnangagwa... more
Wednesday, 2 May 2018 - 1:06pm
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