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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.

Monday, 7 October 2019 - 12:04pm
After President Nyusi’s eventful first term, the ruling party’s credibility is arguably at an all-time low.  Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique, and front-runner in upcoming elections. Credit: GCIS. When Mozambique heads to the polls on 15 October, there will be much at stake. President Filipe Nyusi is likely to be re-elected for a second term, but opposition parties will be... more
Thursday, 3 October 2019 - 11:20am
About half of the oil being produced by Angola is in Congolese waters, according to the UN convention that defines maritime borders, Angola is one of Africa’s largest oil-producers. Credit: East Hub Development Project Angola’s politics lives off oil. The natural resource amounts for nearly 40% of GDP and 75% of government revenues. It has brought foreign investment and friends, and... more
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 11:06am
A ground-breaking ruling in favour of a trans inmate challenges South Africa’s discriminatory status quo.  Protesters show their support at Jade September’s court ruling. Credit: Gender DynamiX On the 23rd of September, the South African Equality Court handed down a judgement in favour of Jade September, an incarcerated transgender woman and sex worker. The Court held that the... more
Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - 3:22pm
On the streets of Kaduna in north-west Nigeria. Credit: pjotter05. The essentials: Police raided Ahmad bin Hambal Centre for Islamic Teachings, a faith school in Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, over the weekend and arrested about seven teachers. Hundreds of boys and men were held at the centre. Their bodies were marked with wounds, evidence of systemic physical torture. The students told... more
Monday, 30 September 2019 - 4:19pm
President Biya could have outlined a new plan to address the Anglophone crisis. Instead, he announced talks, beginning today, that are doomed to fail. President Paul Biya of Cameroon has been in power since 1982. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Castro. On 10 September, President Paul Biya delivered a rare “address to the nation” in which he spoke of the Anglophone Crisis facing Cameroon. Beginning in 2016... more