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, 18 April 2018 - 10:42am
The kings told a story. Meles told a story. Abiy needs to tell one too. Ethiopian flags at a celebration in Addis Ababa. At the end of Zagwe dynasty around the 14th century, medieval Ethiopia was in disarray. Provincial warlords were battling for supremacy and the nation was on the brink of disintegrating. Ethiopia was at threat of breaking itself apart through internal fighting as its standing... more
African Arguments - Cameroon’s ghost president
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 10:17am
How Paul Biya has held onto power for over 35 years despite spending much of it abroad. President Paul Biya’s lack of decision-making and direction is part and parcel of his political strategy, according to analysts. On the podium for the World’s Longest-Serving President, Paul Biya currently holds the silver medal. At an impressive 35-plus years in office, the Cameroonian leader’s... more
Monday, 16 April 2018 - 11:26am
Somaliland shares the Commonwealth’s challenges and values. Its lack of participation is a missed opportunity, argues the Republic’s Foreign Minister. Students in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland. Credit: Teresa Krug. This week, leaders from the 53 member-states of the Commonwealth are gathering in London for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).... more
Monday, 16 April 2018 - 10:24am
Speaking to combatants in the Central African Republic reveals their true motivations for taking up arms.  Workers in the Central African Republic digging foundations. Credit: hdptcar. The ongoing instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) is not a religious conflict. There are undoubtedly some religious elements to it, but the popular story that it is an intractable war of Muslims versus... more
Friday, 13 April 2018 - 11:07am
Lawmakers says they’re advancing democracy by trying to reorder the election sequence. Others say they’re undermining it. Voting in Nigeria’s previous elections. Credit: US Embassy Nigeria/Idika Onyukwu. As politicians start announcing their candidacies and parties begin devising their platforms ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections, a few crucial details remain in the air.... more