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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.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019 - 10:48am
We interviewed 64 female protesters about why they are demonstrating. Here’s what they said. Protesters in Sudan took to the streets in huge numbers on 30 June, 2019. Throughout Sudan’s ongoing revolution, women have led the chants for freedom, justice and peace. From the December 2018 protests to enormous marches just a few days ago, female demonstrators have led the way in occupying the... more
Friday, 28 June 2019 - 11:11am
The World Food Programme has been accused of negligence after hundreds were poisoned and four people died after eating its food aid. The WFP has distributed food aid in the Karamoja region of Uganda for decades. Credit: stttijn. Earlier this March, the dry and isolated region of Karamoja was suddenly struck by a strange illness. In this north-eastern corner of Uganda, where the desert thorns cut... more
Thursday, 27 June 2019 - 11:06am
Following the 7 June protests, the organisers gave President Weah a one-month ultimatum to act. That deadline is fast-approaching. An aerial view of Monrovia, Liberia, which saw thousands of people take to the streets to protest earlier this month. Credit: UN Photo/Christopher Herwig. It has now been almost three weeks since Liberia witnessed its biggest anti-government protests since the end of... more
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 12:58pm
Photojournalist Andrew Esiebo explores how young Africans appropriate non-conventional spaces to play football.  Teenage boys play beneath an ongoing railway construction in Marina, Lagos, Nigeria 2018 Beneath bridges under construction, on market streets choked with carts, merchants, and customers, in open palace courtyards, at dusk, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, victory comes by way of... more
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 11:38am
Proponents of the continental free trade area say it will lead to a 52.3% growth in intra-African trade by 2022. But where is this figure from? The pan-African free trade agreement no doubt heralds great benefits but for those to be harnessed, current economic realities will have to change. The African Continental Free Trade Area’s (AfCFTA) entering into force is a laudable development, building... more

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