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, 8 February 2018 - 12:32pm
Since coming to power, Kenyatta has tried to control the media through co-optation or force. The shut down of TV stations is his latest move. Journalists get ready at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas. In a move that has exposed Kenya’s fragile democracy, the government recently shut down the country’s three biggest TV stations. This unprecedented, unlawful and... more
Monday, 5 February 2018 - 12:54pm
Ndian, the division responsible for 90% of Cameroon’s enormous oil output, does not have a single filling station. Fuel being sold on the streets of Bamenda, Cameroon. Credit: Mbom Sixtus. Driving the 13 km from Bambui to Bamenda in Cameroon’s North West region, one would be forgiven for thinking the area is big on artisanal oil mining. This region is close the country’s big oil-producing... more
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - 10:46am
President Weah has promised to decentralise power, but the temptation to delay or renege on this commitment now he’s in office will be great.  Credit: George Weah. Although it was closely fought, the election of George Weah last month signalled Liberia’s widely-shared desire for change. After 12 years under the previous administration of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the country can boast a... more
Monday, 29 January 2018 - 12:27pm
Reydams’ controversial article attacking a small NGO was full of factual errors and leaps of logic. Sadly, such scholarship is not rare in this field. Credit: Trocaire. In the world of academia, few topics are subject to a more polarised debate than the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. When discussing this event, even eminent professors will make scurrilous accusations against... more
Friday, 26 January 2018 - 11:41am
In the absence of the state, local armed units have emerged to enforce law and order. They have been welcomed by many, but not all. Credit: Guillaume Colin & Pauline Penot. Fada Ngourma (or simply ‘Fada’) is a lot safer than it used to be. Until a couple of years ago, the largest town of eastern Burkina Faso and its vast surroundings had long been subject to waves of criminal... more