Launched in July 2015, Africa Times is an independent participative online news site for Sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to empower all African voices through publishing content by a range of people, from academics to bloggers. We are dedicated to bringing the world an African view on life, up-to-date African news and analysis. We want to give the young voices of Africa a chance to tell their stories and help boost emerging leaders who are dedicated to strengthening African development. We do not hold to any political view and ask our authors to disclose to our readers if they have an agenda or conflict of interest. We believe in freedom of the press, freedom of expression and open access to information. Our goal is to create a participatory news site and we are open to any who want to become a contributor to our site.
Here at Africa Times we try not only to inform our readers but also strive to create a website that is easily accessible and a pleasure to use, offering an enjoyable reading experience. We aim to stimulate debate among Africans as well as the wider world on issues affecting Africans on a daily basis.
We hope to provide content that not only shows the on-the-ground realities of Africa but also brings these issues into a wider context.
We aim to enable a wide range of voices to be heard through our site, encouraging people of all backgrounds to contribute.
We want to embolden all Africans to speak about what they believe are the important topics of the time and do so in the manner they believe the issues should be addressed.
We believe that Africa has a lot to teach the West. The time is now for Africa to be heard!
Want to find out more about Africa Times? Send us an email to editor (at) africatimes (dot) com.
News: news in brief Articles: analyses on current events anticipating future progress.
Articles: analysis on current events anticipating future progress.
Commentary: expert opinions and leading voices commenting on issues surrounding their topic of interest.
Blogs: local voices providing a grassroots picture of on-the-ground developments.
In-depth: backgrounders covering specific topics such as human rights, civil society and tech progress.
Politics & Policy: coverage on issues concerning the latest political development and the policies followed by African leader.
Leaders & Companies: following the key moneymakers, stakeholders, entrepreneurs and companies in Africa. Finance &
Economics: concentrating on the financial policies of the public sector Energy & Commodities: focusing on resources in Africa.
Security: stories pursuing security concerns, from transnational crime to national defense strategies and everything in between.
Health: looking at health concerns as well as progress within the medical field within Africa.
Cutting Edge: following up on new technologies and tech progress in Africa
Young Voices: giving a space to the young people of Africa to talk about issues concerning them.
African Future: watching what Africa has to show in the future, following stories of progress and disappointment on the continent.
Want to find out more about Africa Times? Send us an email to editor (at) africatimes (dot) com. Please make sure the subject line contains “Submission”.
Articles: The purpose of an article is to give the reader and in-depth view of your chosen topic with as little bias as possible. Try to focus on fact more than on your own opinions.
Blogs: The point of your blog is to get your voice heard; we want to read about your experiences and opinions.
Commentary: This section is open to well-established experts, academics, business and thought leaders, activists and analysts. We want pieces that address issues at the top of the news in an incisive, compelling way or bring to light subject matters that do not receive the attention they deserve.
Formatting your piece:
- Word limit & number of posts: posts should be no shorter than 600 words but the sky’s the limit – we want your pieces to be as visible as possible so write as much as you like.
- Photos: they help tell the story and gain further visibility. If you’re writing a blog please send at least one photo per piece. If you’re interested in writing an article you do not have to provide a photo.
- Original material only: Africa Times is not an aggregator. Please do not send stories that have been sent to other publishers.
- Citing & defamation: Please make sure to source everything – hyperlink ideas and quotes that you have taken from elsewhere and make sure to name those you interview; first and last names. If your source does not want to be named please provide the name to the editor and a reason for their anonymity (a pen name will be provided by the editor).
- Defamation – please do not purposely slander someone’s reputation.
- Formatting: please single space between sentences, single line break between paragraphs and do not indent paragraphs.
- Style: Please take care to proofread your own work for grammar before submitting it. All submissions are subject to an editorial review process, proofing and possible headline change. Writers will be consulted if major editing is required. Please write in clear and well-constructed sentences. Avoid using the passive voice as much as possible
Commentary and Articles: Email us with your submissions at contact (at) africatimes (dot) com. Please make sure the subject line contains “Submission”.
Blogs: Email us with your submissions at blogs (at) africatimes (dot) com. Please make sure the subject line contains “Blog Submission”.
Here at Africa Times we welcome comments and encourage you to give your opinion. You do not need to become a user but you do need to provide us with your name and email address.
All the comments are pre-moderated by the editorial staff before your comment goes live on our site. This is to ensure that comments are not abusive or threatening, spam/advertising, off-topic or defamatory.
We encourage our users to leave comments that are:
- Short and concise
- Relevant to the piece
- Respectful and do not include inappropriate language
- Contributing to intellectual debate or corrections to the piece
If you see a comment that you believe is in breach of this policy please contact us.