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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.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - 1:16pm
What’s remarkable today is not that identities are becoming more fluid and borderless, but that they ever became fixed and bordered. As a member of an ethnic minority in the UK, I’m frequently asked: “Where are you from?” It’s a question I’ve been asked so many times that I often wish I had a quick and simple answer. In fact, sometimes I consider just saying “China” to save time. But I... more
Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - 12:19pm
US universities treat Nigerian English as a foreign language. The Oscars say it is not foreign enough. A still from the film Lionheart. As a linguist and former teacher of English, I have always wondered why Nigerian English has never been deemed official by law and recognised, in its uniquely identifiable variant, as different from British and American English. Its phonology (we stress the... more
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 - 11:38am
Khartoum’s locally-organised open air film screenings epitomise much about Sudan’s ongoing revolution. People gather for an open air film screening in Khartoum, Sudan. Earlier this summer, Lamia Nabil and her friends were sitting drinking tea in Khartoum. They were discussing Sudanese politics in the aftermath President Omar al-Bashir’s momentous fall in April when Nabil remarked that... more
Friday, 1 November 2019 - 9:57am
Stories from East Africa this year have often enraptured the rest of the continent and the world at large. For their scale, shock value, and capacity for inspiration. Photographers have captured many of these unfolding headlines. They have allowed people far and wide to remain aware of the ever-shifting world around them: in politics, security, family life, maternal health, or even just good old... more
Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 12:07pm
Uganda’s ruling party is in a bind. Less repression will allow the opposition to mobilise and grow. More could inspire revolt. Bobi Wine and supporters at a rally this September don the red beret . Credit: Bobi Wine. At a rally in Kampala this September, the opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine declared: “This is not politics as usual. This is a revolution.”  Speaking to the gathered crowd, the... more