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. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 10:49am
Uganda is now home to over 800,000 South Sudanese refugees and the world’s largest refugee camp. Bidi Bidi has now become the world’s largest refugee camp. Credit: Trocaire. At a time in which governments across the world are finding new ways to limit refugees entering their countries, Uganda stands out as an exception. Since civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013, 1.6 million... more
Monday, 24 April 2017 - 10:55am
A few years back, it was said that Africa’s creative economy was like a sleeping giant. That may have been, but the giant’s now awake – and woke – to the fact that the vast digital presence of young African artists is fuelling new and dynamic takes on humour, politics, fact, fiction, sexuality, satire, fantasy, technology, innovation, imagination and much much more. From the visible hits of... more
African Arguments - Photo of the Week: Luanda Sunset
Friday, 21 April 2017 - 11:00am
A family walks at sunset along Avenida 4 de Fevereiro, also known as Avenida Marginal, the beautiful waterfront of the Angolan capital. Luanda was founded in 1575 by the Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias Novais. The fortress of São Miguel, illuminated in the background, was constructed in 1634. The photo was taken by Nicola Sacco. Follow him on instagram at @nicoladai. For more on Angola, see: AAP... more
Thursday, 20 April 2017 - 11:20am
The bold experiment is proving attractive, but comes fraught with dangers. Across Diffa region, around 150 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered since late-2016. Credit: Roland. In mid-December 2016, in rural Diffa region on Niger’s southern border with Nigeria, fourteen men gave themselves up to authorities. The group said that they were former fighters of Boko Haram and that they had abandoned... more
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - 11:51am
The media may be legally protected, but there are still subtle ways for governments to exercise control. Kenya is the latest government to pull ads, and by extension huge sums of money, from commercial media houses. Credit: Together Liberia/ David Trotman-Wilkins. National governments remain the single largest source of revenue for news organisations in Africa. In Rwanda, for example, a... more