African Arguments Books

African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent.

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African Argument of 2016: Vote for the best article!

From our shortlist of five amazing articles, pick the best and enter our prize draw. This year, we've had loads of excellent articles and we're asking for your input to to pick the best one and award our African Arguments 2016 Prize. It's been incredibly tough, but we have shortlisted five articles ...

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Protesters called for a three-day strike from 27 November, leading many usually busy streets in cities such as Khartoum to be empty. Credit: @AbdallaElhillou.

Sudan protests: Why it's in the government's interests to respond with restraint

With protests against price rises for pharmaceuticals and fuel spreading, Khartoum must act carefully to avoid endangering its recent successes. Since early November, a disturbing pattern of economic protests and political arrests has emerged in Sudan. This is putting in danger the small gains made by Khartoum over the past year: ...

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Cameroon: bagging it after the plastic ban

After banning plastic bags in 2014, the government started a scheme paying people to collect the discarded waste, with mixed results. After graduating from university in 2010, Promise tried everything she could to find a job. She had worked tirelessly as a student, hoping that passing with flying colours would pave the ...

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At a peak point in the crisis in August, Nyumanzi Transit Center held more than 18,000 people for weeks even though it’s designed to accommodate a maximum of 2,500. Credit: Tendai Marima.

As thousands flee South Sudan every day, donors must shell out more than just hollow promises

In Uganda, transit centres are massively over-crowded and rations are thinly stretched. Moreover, unless more support is provided, things will only get worse as more refugees arrive. Every single day, thousands more people are fleeing South Sudan and crossing into neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. According ...

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There have been countless oil spills in Niger Delta, Nigeria. Credit: Michael Uwemedimo/

Shell tries to dodge responsibility for Nigeria oil spills...again

The oil company is back in the UK courts trying to shift the blame for the environmental destruction wrought in the Niger Delta. At a hearing in the UK courts this week, oil company Shell asked the judge to throw out two legal actions concerning oil spills from the company’s pipelines in ...

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