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, 4 August 2017 - 10:43am
The headlines after 8 August will be about Kenyatta vs. Odinga. But the real contest for Kenya’s future is being waged at a more intimate and local level.  MCA candidate Samantha Maina on the campaign trail. Credit: Peter Doerrie. There is an epic battle afoot over the future of Kenya, but it’s not happening where you might expect. As the 8 August general elections approach, the ever-closer... more
Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 11:09am
In exchange for development support, Israel wants African votes at international forums. This may prove trickier than it thinks. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu with West African heads of state at the ECOWAS summit in June 2017. Credit: Israel Government Press Office. This June, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke new ground as he became the first non-African leader to speak at... more
Wednesday, 2 August 2017 - 12:51pm
Brexit will undoubtedly affect the UK’s donor relationship with Sierra Leone, but this debate takes away from the crucial issue: improving trade. A UK Department for International Development (DfID) truck is unloaded in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Staff Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC. In the wake of its decision to leave the European Union, it is reassuring that the UK last month committed ... more
Wednesday, 2 August 2017 - 10:29am
Sometimes entire news websites are created with just a few false stories inserted between real content copied from mainstream outlets. An example of the fake news that has become pervasive ahead of Kenya’s elections. Doctored front page of the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper on the left, the real one on the right. With only a few days to Kenya’s 8 August elections, the growing scale,... more
Tuesday, 1 August 2017 - 12:37pm
“What is really important to [President Aziz] is to have direct and unconditional access to the constitution to modify it as he pleases.” Many are concerned that President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is trying to pave the way to run for a third term. Credit: Magharebia. On 5 August, Mauritanians will vote in a constitutional referendum that could see power further centralised in the presidency.... more