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, 14 August 2018 - 11:13am
President Magufuli has clamped down hard on various freedoms. But as his popularity plummets and defiance grows, something may have to give. Tanzania’s President Magufuli has been criticised for authoritarianism and repression. Credit: imke.sta. From the moment the relatively unknown Minister of Works John Pombe Magufuli became Tanzania’s president in 2015, he has stamped his mark on the... more
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 - 10:43am
Corruption in Nigeria is complicated, far-reaching, and multi-faceted. A new taxonomy can help us make sense of it. A dance performance in Nigeria. Credit: S Martin. Corruption in Nigeria runs the gamut from the jaw-dropping, to the creative, to the mundane. It encompasses the oil minister who diverted billions of petrodollars in just a few years. It includes the local official who claimed a... more
Monday, 13 August 2018 - 12:25pm
Ethiopia’s so far managed to stay neutral and balance its relationships with opposing Gulf partners. But it’s engaged in an unpredictable game. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets with Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa in June. Credit: Mohamed Al Hammadi/Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi This is the fourth part of The Thin Red Line, an African... more
Friday, 10 August 2018 - 11:06am
The former warlord is no perfect candidate. But if the opposition unite, they could finally remove the Kabila government in December elections. Jean-Pierre Bemba on his return to the Democratic Republic of Congo after ten years. Credit: jpbemba2018. Sharing much with the eponymous river that snakes through our vast country, Congolese politics eschews straight lines, settling instead upon frequent... more
Thursday, 9 August 2018 - 1:32pm
A mural of former President Laurent Gbagbo in Cote d’Ivoire. Credit: Clara Sanchiz To get the whole Insiders’ Newsletter, helping you keep track of and understand developments on the continent, click HERE to subscribe and get your first month FREE. You can also now give a lucky someone a subscription as a gift. Find out more here. This week’s free preview section is about Côte d... more