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. 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 11:12am
Politics has been central to the progress, or lack thereof, in developing East Africa’s oil. And it will continue to be. Delays and disagreements have slowed down the extraction and exportation of new oil discoveries in Kenya and Uganda. It was not long ago that East Africa was the shining frontier of the continent’s oil scene. Uganda sparked the rush in 2006 after wildcatters ventured deep... more
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 2:33pm
South Africa and Angola’s leaders may be preoccupied with domestic events, but they ignore Congo at the region’s peril. This weekend, as the Southern African Development (SADC) heads of state meet in Pretoria to discuss developments in the region, they will do so under new stewardship from Angola and South Africa. Angola will assume leadership of the Organ on Politics Defence and... more
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 11:23am
A young boy rolls a hoop down a dirt shoulder in Rwanda. Photograph by Adam Cohn. Today, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is to be inaugurated for another term in office after winning the 4 August elections with 99% of the vote. He has been in power since 1994. Following constitutional amendments made in 2015, Kagame could remain president until 2034. For more on Rwanda, see: Paul Kagame’s... more
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 10:47am
Over half of Kenya’s incumbent governors, 62% of its MPs and 79% of its women representatives lost their seats at the ballot box. A 2017 election rally in Uhuru Park, Nairobi. Credit: Commonwealth Secretariat. Since voting day on 8 August, news about Kenya’s elections has naturally focused on the outcome of the presidential race. This is unsurprising, especially given that opposition... more
Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 12:20pm
By empowering Libyan warlords and constraining NGO rescue missions, migrant numbers to Italy have halved. But at what cost? Libyan authorities have increasingly been interrupting rescue missions in the Mediterranean. Credit: Photo: Yara Nardi / Italian Red Cross On 10 May, in the early European summer, a rescue vessel patrolling the Mediterranean Sea came across a familiar sight: a wooden boat... more