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, 17 March 2017 - 9:34am
Can the cycle be broken? Somalia declared a famine in 2011 and is facing severe warnings again. Credit: Photo/Stuart Price. If the current drought in the East Africa brings a sense of déjà vu, it’s because we’ve been here before – several times. This is a region where the global forces of climate change, forced migration, and volatile food supply converge, resulting in severe hunger and, at worst... more
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 10:05am
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see President Museveni, or immediate family, stay in power past 2021. The question is how. President Yoweri Museveni being inaugurated in 2016, 30 years after he first came to power. Credit: GCIS. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was confirmed as the winner of Uganda’s presidential election for a fifth consecutive time on 20 February 2016. However, if the president is to... more
Friday, 10 March 2017 - 11:13am
Cameroon aspires to be a tech hub and “multiply by 50” jobs in ICTs. But high costs, poor infrastructure and the internet blackout in Silicon Mountain undermine this vision. Bamenda northwest Cameroon is amongst the major towns without internet for nearly two months. Credit: jbdodane. For nearly two months now, Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions have been living under an internet... more
African Arguments - Nigeria: While Buhari’s away…
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 12:14pm
Relations between the Absent President, the Acting President, the “cabal” and the APC were complex and often tense before. The could get all the more so. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (left) toasts with President Muhammadu Buhari (right). Credit: GCIS. For all the criticisms that could be levelled against President Muhammadu Buhari since coming to office, he has been nothing but... more
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 10:09am
Today as ever, African female activists are reshaping not just African feminist agendas but global ones as well. From politics to business to culture, African feminists are shaping international narratives. Credit: Sarah Carr. One of the great fallacies one still hears today is that feminism started in the Global North and found its way to the Global South. Another is that universal... more