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. 

Friday, 11 August 2017 - 11:29am
Observers hope that prominent opposition figures can provide an alternative to President Kabila. But many Congolese distrust these would-be leaders. Millionaire businessman Moise Katumbi has been touted as a possible next Congolese president. Credit: Diaspora Katangaise – Desiré kayumba. It has been a grim couple of months in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even by our own... more
Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 11:35am
The well-respected Law Association of Zambia is the latest target of President Lungu’s increasing authoritarianism. Where is this heading? Zambia President Edgar Lungu. Credit: GCIS. On 5 July, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu added to concerns over his increasing authoritarianism as he declared a threatened state of emergency. He claimed that a spate of suspicious fires targeting... more
Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 11:19am
Following Kagame’s 99% election win, his former chief of staff speaks out against the international community’s uncritical support for the president.  President Paul Kagame. Credit: ITU/J.Ohle On 4 August, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame was re-elected with a near-perfect vote of 99%, earning himself a place in history alongside the likes of Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein and Kim... more
Friday, 4 August 2017 - 3:29pm
Errors are commonplace in vote counts. What matters is how politicians and election officials respond. With tensions high in Kenya, a transparent vote count will be key to avoiding disputes. The shocking murder of Christopher Msando, which came to light this week, casts a pall over Kenya’s 8 August elections. As the acting director of information and communications technology at the Independent... more
Friday, 4 August 2017 - 11:48am
A worshipper pauses at the steps to one Lalibela’s breath-taking rock-hewn churches. These remarkable buildings were carved out of rock some 900 hundred years ago and are still in use by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian community. Legend has it that King Lalibela in the 12th century received the vision for this underground city of churches when he went into a coma after being poisoned by... more