Africa’s week in pictures: 24 February – 2 March 2023

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

In the Ghanaian city of Tema, pictures were taken on Friday of a newly unveiled mural in memory of world-famous footballer Christian Atsu, who died in the earthquake in Turkey.

A man with body paint advertising Fespaco waits on the edges of the red carpet during the opening ceremony of the film festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Saturday, February 25, 2023

A painted man attends the opening ceremony of the Pan-African film festival Fespaco in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Saturday.

A Maasai man uses his mobile phone to record in a village in Kajiado County, Kenya - Sunday, February 26, 2023

A Maasai man films US First Lady Jill Biden’s visit to a village in Kajiado County in southern Kenya on Sunday.

Burning sandalwood spells the word NO at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya - Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Illegal harvested sandalwood seized by Kenyan security agents was set on fire on Tuesday by order of a court in the capital Nairobi.

Sahara Marathon participant runs near camels standing in the wreckage of abandoned cars in Tindouf, Algeria - Tuesday, February 28, 2023

On the same day, a participant in the Sahara Marathon runs past camels fenced off by car wrecks in Algeria’s Tindouf desert region.

Demonstrators hold signs with young Moroccans missing outside the EU Delegation office in Rabat, Morocco - Friday, February 24, 2023

Relatives of Moroccans who went missing trying to reach Spain by boat demonstrated in front of a European Union building in the capital Rabat on Friday.

Anti-racism protesters hold up flowers in Tunis, Tunisia - Saturday, February 25, 2023

Two women hold bouquets of daffodils during a demonstration in Tunisia’s capital on Saturday to protest racism and the president’s comments criticizing the influx of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

Guest arrives on the red carpet at the Oval Cricket club in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - Friday, February 24, 2023

The red carpet is out for guests arriving Friday at a cricket stadium in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg for a high-profile provincial political event…

Members of the EFF opposition party, dressed in red, arrive at the Oval Cricket club in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - Friday 24 February 2023

Members of the radical EFF opposition party also attended the KwaZulu-Natal prime minister’s annual speech, but were later kicked out for calling her a liar during her speech.

Girls decked out in the South African flag at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa - Friday, February 24, 2023

On the same day, patriotic spectators gather in Cape Town to watch the South African women’s cricket team in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup…

South African female cricketers celebrate at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa - Friday, February 24, 2023

Their ecstatic team went on to win the game against England – although it was Australia that took the crown on Sunday.

A skateboarder in Lagos, Nigeria - Wednesday, March 1, 2023

A skateboarder shows off his moves on Wednesday during a session at the National Stadium in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

Women praying at the national headquarters of the Celestial Church of Christ in Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria - Friday, February 24, 2023

Christians prayed for peace at a shrine in the suburb of Makoko on Friday, on the eve of Nigeria’s election.

Voters under an umbrella in Yola, Nigeria - Saturday, February 25, 2023

Voting day was long and hot for many – here are people standing under an umbrella in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Yola…

A man playing guitar on a bicycle while waiting to vote in Yola, Nigeria - Saturday, February 25, 20233

A man plays guitar while waiting in line…

Men playing chess at a polling station in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria - Saturday, February 25, 2023

Others in the eastern town of Awka play chess at a polling station while they wait. Delays and violence in some areas caused problems…

A sugarcane seller in Kano, Nigeria - Saturday, February 25, 2023

Things were peaceful in the northern town of Kano, where this sugarcane salesman quickly made business with the voters…

People celebrate at a polling station in Agege, Lagos, Nigeria - Saturday, February 25, 2023

In Lagos, where there was some trouble, people cheer after the results are announced at their polling stations…

A May lying in his car on Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria - Monday, February 27, 2023

Two days later, when opposition parties came out to call the election a sham, a man in Lagos lies in his car to rest from the drama.

French President Emmanuel Macron in the Foret des Géants (Forest of Giants) near Libreville, Gabon - Thursday, March 2, 2023

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron looked up at a 700-year-old tree in the Forest of Giants near Libreville, Gabon’s capital.

A security officer watches a cyclist competing in the Tour de Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda - Saturday, February 25, 2023

Cyclists in Rwanda, known as the land of a thousand hills, compete in the capital Kigali on Saturday in the final stage of the Tour de Rwanda – won by Henok Mulueberhane of Eritrea.

A man holds up a small crocodile in West Suhail, Egypt - Friday, February 24, 2023

And a man in West Suhail, near Egypt’s Aswan High Dam, held up a crocodile on Friday. Residents of the Nubian village breed the reptiles while tourists pay to see the tamed creatures.

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