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, 1 May 2018 - 10:58am
Despite Somalia’s protestations, DP World and Somaliland are set to expand Berbera port. Some in the neighbourhood are excited. Others are worried.  Berbera Port is set to be significantly developed and turned into a regional maritime hub. Credit: Tristam Sparks. Despite officially being banned from operating in Somalia this March, DP World is set to begin a project later this year that... more
Monday, 30 April 2018 - 1:19pm
His meeting with Trump may have symbolic importance, but what concrete results could Buhari bring back from his US visit? President Buhari is set to meet President Trump. Credit: USIP. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will meet his US counterpart in the Oval Office in Washington later today as part of a three-day visit. This will make him Africa’s second leader – and sub-Saharan Africa’s... more
Monday, 30 April 2018 - 10:47am
A court is deliberating on whether to reinstate presidential age limits, thus putting an end date on Museveni’s rule. Might it…? Ugandan dancers at President Yoweri Museveni’s 2016 swearing in. Credit: GCIS Given that it could determine whether or not Yoweri Museveni gets to be president for life, one might expect more excitement around the legal case currently with Uganda’s... more
Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 12:27pm
How will the new ruling party govern when the opposition significantly outnumbers it in parliament? Scuffles in Sierra Leone’s parliament. Credit: Sierra Leone Telegraph. In what could be a sign of things to come, Sierra Leone’s parliament descended into unruliness yesterday as parliamentarians brawled both literally and politically. As new MPs were being sworn in following last month’s... more
Thursday, 19 April 2018 - 11:29am
Years after Burkinabé citizens overthrew a repressive regime, street protests continue apace over a wide range of issues. Protesting on the 30th anniversary of former president Thomas Sankara’s assassination. Credit: Balai Citoyen. Early this month, Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou was briefly enlivened as a frustrated coalition of housing and human rights associations took to the... more