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, 16 August 2017 - 1:12pm
President Farmaajo withstood significant pressure in staying out of Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar. But it may pay a cost for its neutrality. Somalia’s President Farmaajo with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz during the former’s visit to Riyadh this February. Six months since President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed took office, Somalia is at the centre of an... more
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 - 11:22am
President Zuma is uniquely bad, but he hasn’t just enriched himself. Many people now have vested interests in the corrupt system he’s established. President Jacob Zuma inspects a mobile police station. Credit: GCIS. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma survived his eighth no-confidence vote in parliament last week despite presiding over a series of corruption scandals that has... more
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 10:37am
The government claims Burundi is safe, that political disagreements have been resolved, and that the people want term limits removed ahead of 2020. People protest against President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in 2015. Credit: Igor Rugwiza. Two years since Burundi was plunged into violent political crisis, there are two diametrically opposing narratives being told about the... more
Monday, 14 August 2017 - 10:35am
After nearly four decades in office, President José Eduardo Dos Santos is due to hand over power after Angola’s 23 August elections.  Isabel Dos Santos, daughter of the president, is reportedly Africa’s richest woman and heads up the state oil company Sonangol. After 38 years in power, Angola’s José Eduardo dos Santos finally looks set to step down from office. The president has... more
Friday, 11 August 2017 - 12:20pm
The village of Kalabougou in Mali is well-known for its pottery, which is supplied to the capital Bamako and nearby town of Segou. As described by academic Janet Goldner, pottery firings take place every Saturday and Sunday. A layer of branches are place on the ground and the unfired pots, typically made by the women and girls of the village, are placed amid the branches. Grass is piled high on... more