African Arguments Online

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.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 - 10:00am
Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa has called for open debate on massacres in the 1980s that he allegedly masterminded. Many are unconvinced. President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa was Minister for State Security at the time of the Gukurahundi massacres. Credit: DIRCO News Service/ Jacoline Schoonees. In 1983, Nqobizitha Mhlaleri was ten years old when a bloody massacre in western Zimbabwe... more
Friday, 31 May 2019 - 11:00am
Almost all the new developments that have come to define the Kenyan capital’s fast-paced growth are technically illegal. UN-Habitat is holding its first assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Nina R. This week, the first ever UN-Habitat Assembly has been taking place to discuss sustainable cities and the programme’s New Urban Agenda. These discussions are vital. By 2050, more than two-thirds... more
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - 1:15pm
For most, international fast food outlets are expensive, inaccessible and unfamiliar. But as more and more crop up, will the tide turn? One of the four KFCs in Accra, Ghana. Credit: Rebecca and Michael Thompson. By the side of the road in suburban Accra, Beatrice Abanga waits patiently to buy some food. She is in line at one of Ghana’s many chop bars. Often consisting of little more than... more
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - 11:01am
Writer Binyavanga Wainaina at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival by Nightscream African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and more. It’s for those who want a bit extra and comes with... more
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 - 10:27am
In the uncertainty that follows the removal of long-standing leaders, the AU can – and should – have an important role to play. At an AU summit. Credit: Embassy of Equatorial Guinea. What happens when long-running autocratic leaders are finally ousted? This is the dilemma currently facing Algeria and Sudan, where protests recently led to the removal of Presidents Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Omar al-... more