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.

Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 11:47am
The Lion King album is an example for how African intellectual property should be treated. Beyoncé performing in concert. In 2010, the FIFA World Cup organising committee announced that Shakira’s “Waka Waka“ had been selected as the tournament’s anthem. There was considerable excitement about the world’s biggest sporting event, more so than usual because it was being hosted on the... more
Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 10:46am
A woman holds up an ebola poster at Isanga village on the Uganda – DRC border. Credit: Anna Dubuis / DFID 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... more
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 - 4:03pm
South Africa’s now partially banned apartheid era flag. Credit: Wikicommons. 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
Friday, 23 August 2019 - 12:55pm
Malawians angry at the management of the 2019 elections plan to shut down airports and borders next. Hundreds of thousands have turned out for protests in Malawi since May 2019. More are planned for 26-30 August. Since the results of the 2019 general elections were announced on 27 May, Malawi has been in suspense. Two presidential contestants are challenging the outcome in court, while hundreds... more
Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 12:25pm
The president seems to be repeating the mistakes of Tanzania’s independence leader rather than learning from his legacy. President John Magufuli of Tanzania. Credit: GCIS. I visited Tanzania last month for the first time in five years and for the first time since John Magufuli was elected president in 2015. I have been visiting the country regularly since 1976, living there for a year as a... more

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