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, 26 May 2017 - 10:56am
A sandstorm on the banks of the Chari river in Chad. Photograph taken by Arnauld Kara. For more on Chad, see: The Habré trial: The future for African justice? “The president is not an untouchable god”: Chad’s Hissène Habré sentenced to life Could President Idriss Deby face a shock in Chad’s elections? In Photo of the Week, we showcase one of the boldest and most beautiful images, old or new,... more
Friday, 26 May 2017 - 10:40am
Half a century on from the 30 May declaration of independence from Nigeria, calls for secession are growing again. A pro-Biafra protest organised by IPOB in London. Credit: David Holt. From a congested rehabilitation centre in Calabar, south eastern Nigeria, a look of vacant sadness crosses Christopher Ejiofor’s face as he casts his mind back 50 years. Today, the still-muscular 71-year-old is a... more
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 10:47am
Where were the poor, Igbos and other minorities in the state’s 50-day birthday party? On 9 April, Lagos State Task Force enter Otodo-Gbame, firing tear gas and bullets, and destroying buildings. Credit: Justice & Empowerment Initiative. Lagos state, Nigeria’s economic and commercial capital, turns fifty this year. To celebrate, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his team have embarked on a... more
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 9:58am
Coup? Don’t even dare. Nigerian military forces on international duty. Credit: AU-UN ST PHOTO / STUART PRICE Last week, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, issued a stern warning to soldiers to stay out of politics, raising alarm of a potential coup plot. His statement claimed that individuals had been approaching army officers for political reasons, and cautioned: “Any officer or... more
Monday, 22 May 2017 - 10:13am
Somaliland’s Foreign Minister talks about the self-declared state’s struggle for recognition, domestic successes, and strategies towards Somalia. Dr Saad Ali Shire, Somaliland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation/ Shortly after the collapse of the brutal Siad Barre regime in 1991, Somaliland unilaterally declared independence from Somalia. It reinstated... more

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