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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.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 10:42am
H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the African Union. Credit: Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia The essentials: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and... more
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 9:30am
It’s time to bring the academic study of conflict in Africa back in line with reality. Credit: UN Photo/Stuart Price. Africa’s public intellectuals often find themselves living in two worlds: that of lived experience and that of the academy. In this contradiction, researchers often have to filter and re-write real life stories in line with the received academic wisdom – which is dominated... more
Monday, 14 October 2019 - 2:16pm
The East African wrapper is a source of pride, rich in meaning and history. But its more complicated than that.  The story of the leso is fairly well-documented. There was once a kerchief, something like a bandana, its roots—and routes—traceable to the Portuguese. Six were stitched together to create the leso. Then later, elsewhere, it became the kanga, the Swahili word for the guinea fowl. The... more
Thursday, 10 October 2019 - 1:25pm
A protester waves an Egyptian flag on 4 February 2012. Credit: Alisdare Hickson The essentials: Seven years after the revolution and five years after the military coup that brought President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to power, another wave of protests has erupted in Egypt and was brutally crushed by security forces. At least 2,300 people were arrested since September 20, despite protests remaining... more
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 - 8:12am
Across virtually all the parties, leaders have stoked anti-immigrant sentiment for political gain. President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the National Assembly after being re-elected in May 2019. Credit: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS On 14 September, Cyril Ramaphosa was booed as he spoke at Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Zimbabwe. Forced off script, the South African president apologised again for the most recent... more