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, 11 April 2018 - 10:57am
The Grand Inga dam could transform the Congo and the continent, if only it didn’t keep getting bogged down. The Congo River is the deepest in the world. Credit: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR. Of all the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) abundant natural riches – spanning from lucrative gold and diamonds, to cobalt and even oil – there is one that stands above all the others. Out on the western... more
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 11:46am
Africa’s industrialisation needs a boost. Implemented correctly, the AfCFTA could provide it. Here’s how. At the Huajian shoe factory in the Eastern Industrial Zone, Ethiopia. Credit: UNIDO. On 21 March, dozens of African countries agreed to establish what could be a truly transformative trade deal. At a special African Union summit convened in Rwanda, 44 governments signed the... more
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 10:16am
Several fake news stories started online, but soon spread far and wide offline, duping even senior officials. In Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections, opposition leader Julius Maada Bio won a narrow victory. Credit: Direct Relief. In early March, a few days before Sierra Leoneans went to the polls, news emerged that UN peacekeepers were about to be deployed. As voters geared up for the first-round... more
Monday, 9 April 2018 - 11:21am
Sweeping constitutional changes mean Bongo could be president for life. Will Gabon’s citizens show their displeasure at the ballot box this month? Ali Bongo took over from his father Omar, who came to power in Gabon in 1967. Despite being in power for over half a century, the Bongo dynasty in Gabon does not look like it will come to a close any time soon – in fact, the prospect of its end... more
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 - 11:04am
Though it may come with risks, it would be in the government’s own interests to encourage open dialogue and constructive criticism. Credit: Dietmar. The swearing-in this week of Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed and his promising inaugural speech suggests Ethiopia has its best chance yet to address a political crisis that has been building for decades. This comes not a moment too soon. Youthful... more