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Pouting ‘lions’ and sea baptisms: the top photos of Africa


A selection of the best photos of the week from across the African continent:

(Amanuel Sileshi/AFP)

As the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris draw closer, athletes warmed up Saturday during training in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, hoping to win the gold.

(Said Hassan/Getty Images)

On Thursday, a man carries a sheep at an Egyptian market in the city of Giza, in preparation for Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice – a major Islamic holiday.

(Alaister Russel/Reuters)

Ocean baptisms are being performed on a beach in the South African city of Durban early Sunday morning.

(Rajesh Jantilal/AFP)

The next day, tornado-like storms hit the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, causing flooding and a huge amount of damage, as pictured here on Tuesday…

(Gianluigi Guercia/AFP)

More than twenty people died due to the harsh weather conditions. Here, a community is coming together to clear some of the floodwaters in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

(Issouf Sanogo/AFP)

On Saturday, representatives of Ghana’s Ashanti king will bring pomp and ceremony to the funeral of the late Ivorian President Henri Konan Bédié, who was buried ten months after his death in his native village of Pépressou in eastern Ivory Coast…

(Issouf Sanogo/AFP)

Delegations from the region traveled to honor Bédié, who was president of Ivory Coast from 1993 to 1999, when he was deposed in a coup.

(John Wessels/AFP)

A performer in Senegal’s famous Fake Lion beach entertainment show poses for the camera at a cultural event in the capital Dakar on Wednesday…

(John Wessels/AFP)

At the same event, competition is fierce to win the pirogue race.

(Boniface Muthoni/Getty Images)

On the same day, a four-year-old girl prepares to plant a tree along the Mathare River, near her old home in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, which was destroyed by the floods a few weeks ago.

(Kola Sulaimon/AFP)

Students in Nigeria appear to have been utterly fed up with being locked out of school on Monday due to a nationwide general strike to demand an increase in the minimum wage.

(Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

And on Monday, a mobile library known as the “Taxi Book” was photographed in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Mohamed Azzam has decided to use his taxi to spread the love of reading by offering textbooks and novels to passers-by.

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From the BBC in Africa this week:

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