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. 

Friday, 22 September 2017 - 8:22pm
I want to believe you don’t know about the crimes against humanity committed by the authorities with whom you dine. But I find it difficult. Sauti Sol with Burundi’s Vice-President Gaston Sindimwo. Credit: Sauti Sol. Dear Sauti Sol, I am one of your biggest fans. Your music gives me life (particularly on chilly Saturday mornings) and like you, I too swore to “live and die... more
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 11:14am
Humanitarian assistance to internally-displaced persons is crucial, but this must be complemented with longer-term policies. Sala, 6, and her schoolmates study in Niger after being resettled from Nigeria. Credit: UNHCR / H. Caux. Gripped by multiple humanitarian crises, 2016 saw more people displaced globally than at any time since World War II. According to the UN, 66 million people fled their... more
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 3:37pm
George Weah was the presidential runner-up in 2005. Ahead of the October vote, he is drawing huge crowds again and hopes to do one better. George Weah supporters await his arrival at the party headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia. Credit: Stephen D. Kollie. On Saturday, 19 August, ardent supporters of Liberia’s presidential candidate George Weah brought the capital to a standstill. Over the... more
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 10:50am
The Commonwealth’s intervention did not rescue Hichilema from detention. It rescued President Lungu from political embarrassment. President Edgar Lungu has been accused of sliding Zambia into authoritarianism. Credit: GCIS. On 16 August, Zambia’s main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, walked to freedom after spending four months in detention. The moment, which came shortly after an... more
Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:12am
With President Sirleaf set to step down after 12 years office, 20 candidates are competing to replace her. Liberia is preparing for its third set of elections since the end of the civil war. Credit: Brittany Danisch. On 10 October 2017, Liberia will go to the polls in what could be the country’s most hotly-contested and unpredictable elections yet. In a race that has seen a host of fresh... more