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 2019, 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.

African Arguments also runs two sister projects:

The Africa Insiders Newsletter, a Pay What You Want newsletter for Africa Insiders

Debating Ideas, offering more academic discussions around the African Arguments book series

African Arguments is an editorially-independent platform brought to you by the Royal African Society (RAS). It was co-founded with The World Peace Foundation and International Africa Institute. We are supported by the Open Society Foundation, Miles Morland Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation. We have previously received grants from: Open Society Initiative (Site overheads 2011 – 2014); Humanity United (Making Sense of the Sudans 2014 – 15); United States Institute of Peace (Nigeria Forum 2014 – 15); Expertise on Central Africa (Central Africa Forum 2015).

Articles are published on a Creative Commons licence.


Editor: James Wan (

Deputy Editor: Ayodeji Rotinwa (