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, 3 October 2017 - 3:51pm
Kenya’s political discourse takes place in two very different realms: one conducted in English, one not.  On the campaign trail with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. Credit: Uhuru Kenyatta. The Supreme Court’s ruling on 1 September was one of the most startling in recent – perhaps world – history. In a 4-2 decision, the court held that Kenya’s 8 August election... more
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 10:44am
Who are the Popular Forces of Burundi?  Burundian troops serving in Somalia. Credit: AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE. On 27 August, Burundian rebel leader Major General Jérémie Ntiranyibagira announced the reorganisation of the militant group, the Republican Forces of Burundi (Forebu). Via a recorded statement, he declared a name change to the Popular Forces of Burundi (FPB) and called on other... more
Monday, 2 October 2017 - 1:32pm
If the youth of Burundi are deprived of the opportunity to sing together for hope, where then should they go? Sauti Sol performing in Burundi. Credit: SautiSol. Dear Ketty, I read with consternation your open letter to Sauti Sol not to perform in Burundi to prevent the government from taking advantage of the infamous Kenyan band to legitimise their power. [An open letter to Sauti Sol, as you... more
Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 1:09pm
Nigeria’s former president on Buhari, Biafra and bloody idiots. Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo continues to wield significant influence in Nigeria. Credit: Friends of Europe. As the lift in his luxury London hotel rushes upwards to the 11th floor, Olusegun Obasanjo squeezes my arm warmly as he recounts his busy schedule of late. His aide and two PR people nod... more
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 12:35pm
Improving decentralisation countrywide would appeal to Anglophone protesters, but without seeming to give them special treatment. A poster of President Paul Biya in Bamenda, a city in one of Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. Credit: Carsten ten Brink. On 22 September, massive protests across Cameroon’s Anglophone regions brought an estimated 30-80,000 people onto the streets. These were far... more