African Arguments Online

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of journalists, researchers and commentators. We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments also provides a crucial and unique platform for predominantly African writers to reach a predominantly African, and international, audience. Of the 200+ articles we published in 2017, over two-thirds were by African authors. The majority of our readers meanwhile are of African descent, whether living on the continent or in the diaspora.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 - 1:43pm
Africa Cup of Nations closing ceremony, 10 Feb 2013. Courtesy photo by GovernmentZA. African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and more. It’s for those who want a bit extra and... more
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 - 11:04am
Makoma Lekalakala says the campaign against nuclear is ongoing and that water may be the next front in South Africa’s environmental struggle. Makoma Lekalakala was the joint winner of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize with fellow activist Liz McDaid. Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize. As Makoma Lekalakala leads us to a meeting room on this cloudy Wednesday in Johannesburg, it looks... more
Monday, 10 June 2019 - 1:20pm
Scores of women in western Tanzania have been attacked and raped in so-called Teleza attacks. The authorities are doing little to stop them. Cases of rape against vulnerable women in Kigoma have been rising recently. Credit: Patrice Brizard. One night earlier this year, Elizabeth was asleep in her home in western Tanzania when she realised someone else was in the room. She tried to scream, but... more
Thursday, 6 June 2019 - 11:18am
Families go the a DRC Ebola Treatment Centre in eastern Congo to visit a family member who held in quarantine. Credit: World Bank / Vincent Tremeau. African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections,... more
Wednesday, 5 June 2019 - 12:33pm
After Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the military soon acted to retake power. Today, Sudan’s military is behaving and talking in the exact same way.  In 2011, mass protests led to the downfall of President Mubarak. In 2013, the military retook power in a coup. Credit: Gigi Ibrahim. A revolution is like a train journey. As such, you need to make sure not to get off too early or at the wrong... more

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