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. 

Monday, 10 December 2018 - 12:44pm
Two years ago, Islamic State expelled Shekau from its West Africa “province” for being too hard-line. Is it preparing to reverse course?  In November 2018, Abubakar Shekau appeared in a video for the first time since July. Since 2009, when Boko Haram first launched its insurgency, the group’s most recognisable leader has been Abubakar Shekau. The notorious leader has featured in... more
Thursday, 6 December 2018 - 10:23am
While other major cities are blocking private cars to encourage the use of buses, Nairobi is moving in the opposite direction.  Nairobi’s congestion problem has many causes but few easy solutions as the matatu ban showed. Credit: chmoss. Commuting to work in Kenya’s bustling capital Nairobi has never been easy. Beginning as early as 5 am, people begin pouring into the Central Business... more
Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - 1:46pm
A new report documents widespread abuses by the Congolese government against ordinary citizens. Things may get worse as elections approach. In the last few years, there have been several protests against President Kabila’s government in the capital Kinshasa. Credit: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani. The routine use of brutal torture in the conflict situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)... more
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - 2:58pm
Credit: Biafra Ipob Infos. If you haven’t subscribed to the Insiders Newsletter, you’re missing out on the juiciest insights from our top journalists and analysts. To subscribe, click HERE. It only takes as moment. Below is a list of the sections that you’re missing out on, but below that there’s a preview section to whet your appetite. What we are talking about: World... more
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - 2:18pm
If President Lungu is deemed eligible to run for a third term, he will have removed one more hurdle to extending his rule. He has plans for the rest. Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has demonstrated increasingly authoritarian tendencies across his time in office, strategically removing dissenters and rivals. Credit: GCIS. Last month, most Zambians were surprised to learn that President Edgar... more