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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, 13 August 2019 - 3:31pm
The Anglophone conflict is not the only crisis facing Cameroon. President Paul Biya, 86, has been in power since 1982. Credit: US State Department. After 37 years under President Paul Biya, Cameroon is arguably at its most divided yet. Various of its fault lines are deep, and they are getting even deeper. The most immediate crisis facing the country is the ongoing Anglophone conflict in the two... more
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 12:21pm
Looked at one way, President Isaias’ rule is more fragile than ever. Looked at another, his grip on power is only getting firmer. A conference of the #Yiakl (Enough) movement in Atlanta, US. Credit: Eritrea Hub. For many years now, the rituals that surround Eritrea’s Independence and Martyrs’ Days have revealed a government trapped in its own history and unable to articulate a vision for... more
Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 12:28pm
SOS Sahel community tree planting project. Near Hawassa, Southern Nation, Natonalities and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia. Credit: Aaron Minnick African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict,... more
Tuesday, 6 August 2019 - 12:17pm
In the West, rulers used notions of race to subjugate black people. In Africa, they used ethnicity.  Ethnic voting is seen by many as being rooted in ancient allegiances, but it is as old as colonialism. Credit: US Embassy/Idika Onyukwu. Standing in line at a Nairobi polling station to cast my ballot in Kenya’s 2017 presidential election, I struck up a conversation with fellow voters in the... more
Thursday, 1 August 2019 - 11:23am
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt have been heavily involved in Sudan following al-Bashir’s downfall. But not everything is going their way. General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (aka Hemedti), the head of the RSF militia and deputy leader of the Transitional Military Council, meets Saudi crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Saudi Press Agency. In Sudan, the revolutionaries who overthrew... more