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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, 29 October 2019 - 10:21am
In some elections, people vote for the soul of their nation. In Mauritius, they vote for their neighbours. In the run-up to Mauritius’ 7 November elections, political parties have strung up bunting in their colours across the country. Credit: Jess Auerbach. Politics in Mauritius is perhaps unique in the world. On this tiny speck in the Indian Ocean, there is no indigenous population.... more
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 12:51pm
Last year, the Sierra Leone People’s Party won the presidency but not parliament. Power was divided, but not for long. Ballots being cast in Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections. Credit: Carol Sahley / USAID In Sierra Leone today, the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) dominates the political landscape. It controls the presidency, under Julius Maada Bio, and has a slim majority in... more
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 12:26pm
President Alpha Condé (centre) on a visit to the US in September 2019. Credit: Tom Witham. The essentials: Nine protesters were confirmed dead after demonstrations on Monday. Government security forces opened fire on crowds protesting against President Alpha Condé’s attempt to alter the constitution and run for a third term. The context: Protesters descended on police checkpoints and burnt... more
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - 3:15pm
Botswana votes in general elections on 23 October. Here’s some key background information and reading. Will President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana be re-elected after tomorrow’s vote? Credit: UNCTAD/Violaine Martin. The following is from Election Watch, a segment of the Africa Insiders Newsletter. Election Watch follows every election and vote in Africa. It gives key background and... more
Monday, 21 October 2019 - 11:00am
The disputed border area of Abyei has been deadlocked for years. A new approach based on sharing rather than winner-takes-all is needed. The area of Abyei, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, has been disputed since 2011. Credit: UN Photo/Stuart Price. In the excitement around Sudan’s evolving political order and the concerns around South Sudan’s challenges, less attention has been paid... more