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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.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 12:03pm
If structured the right way and linked to clear goals, diaspora bonds have huge potential to raise much-needed development finance.  Credit: Office of Teodoro Obiang. Nigeria’s first diaspora bond, issued in 2017, was a resounding success. It raised $300 million for investment in infrastructure from Nigerians overseas and was oversubscribed by 130%. The government is now reportedly planning a... more
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 10:48am
Migrants in Libya. Credit: EU_ECHO 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 comes with a small subscription fee: Regular: $10/... more
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 12:24pm
At inception, AFCON set out lofty ambitions for itself. 62 years later, it falls just short.  An AFCON Qualification match in 2012 between Togo and Gabon . Credit: Panoramas. This article is part of “In the name of the beautiful game“, a series of articles on football and how it intersects with all aspects of our lives. What meaning does the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) have for the continent... more
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 11:28am
The fearsome feminist activist is now determined to use her ongoing court case to “educate the nation”. When conventional protest methods don’t work, something more radical and attention-grabbing is necessary, according to Dr Stella Nyanzi. Credit: Chapter Four Uganda. On 9 May 2019, the Ugandan academic and activist Stella Nyanzi finally entered court after multiple... more
Monday, 8 July 2019 - 10:29am
Since the historic accord last year, the border has closed again and little has changed. Patience among Eritreans is wearing thin. Eritrea and Ethiopia. Credit: Fitsum Arega. A year ago today, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in the Eritrea capital of Asmara. Eritreans lined the streets, ecstatic to greet the leader of the country with whom they had been locked in conflict for... more