Africa Week in pictures: 30 September

A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent and beyond:

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Two men with spears fighting each other.  They are surrounded by a crowd of people watching them compete.  They are outside, there are blue skies.

On Mondays people in Luxor, Egypt take part in a javelin horse race, which attracts people from all over the city and surrounding areas…

A man wearing traditional Egyptian clothing sitting on a white horse decorated with tassels.  He has a spear in his hand.

This man is taking part in another stage of the race.

A man serving two female customers at the market.  In front of him is an array of colorful food, stored in blue tubs.

On Wednesday in Libya these people are shopping in the market of Tripoli before a celebration to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, known as Mawlid al-Nabawi in Arabic.

Thuso Mbedu wearing a sparkling black dress with a low-cut red afro.

At the same event the South African actress Thuso Mbedu – who plays the role of Nawi in the film about the all-female warriors who try to protect their kingdom – graces the red carpet.

A woman wearing a yellow hijab and a red dress throwing a yellow scarf in the air.  She is next to a man who looks like he is singing or laughing.  There is a black field in the background.

In Tangier-Tetouan in Morocco on Saturday, this woman is enjoying herself at the Math International Equestrian Festival. It is reported to be of Mongolian origin and to be around 800 years old. During the races riders have to chase rag dolls made by local women.

Two men wearing black standing in front of a colorful piece of work, which seems to represent a figure against black, with large red lips.

Back to London, where two men are attending a viewing of the work of the Nigerian artist, SLAWN. The exhibition which deals with the topic of race is called On A Darker Note…

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag wearing a blue headscarf while posing for a photo in front of the artwork.

There’s more artwork at South London’s Serpentine Gallery on Thursday as Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag heads to a press preview of her new exhibition. It is called the Unity State. Described as a pioneer in the industry, she is known for mixing the natural and the spiritual in her work, says the Serpentine.

A man whose face is painted in the colors of the Nigerian flag – green, white and green – stares at the camera.  He is shirtless and outside.

In Lagos on Saturday a man who supports Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi attends a campaign rally with thousands of people. Mr. Obi is one of the main candidates running for the presidency in 2023 alongside rivals Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar…

A boy in orange shouting from the back of a yellow taxi.

A boy is seen shouting from the back of a taxi at the same rally.

The Countess of Wessex with a grim expression looking at some photographs of Rwandan genocide victims mounted on the wall.

There are horrific scenes in Kigali on Wednesday as a member of the British Royal Family, the Countess of Wessex, looks at photographs of the victims of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were killed within 100 days – mostly ethnic Tutsis.

Reuben Kiprop Keiro from Kenya making a thumbs up sign with a bottle of water in his hand.  He is smiling in an orange singlet against the backdrop of a building.

There will be a sporting celebration in Slovakia on Sunday as Kenya’s Reuben Kiprop Keiro poses for a photo after winning the 99th Kosice Peace Marathon.

Giraffe standing on dry dry land.  There is a green bush near it, but it looks dry and brittle.

Meanwhile in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park a giraffe is pictured as the area faces a drought, which is affecting millions of people across East Africa. Some animals are dying due to the harsh conditions.

Woman, man and child on a boat.  The child is being held by a man, who appears to be a coast guard worker.  It seems to be late at night and very dark.

Back to North Africa, where a Tunisian National Guard officer rescued migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who were trying to make the dangerous crossing to Europe by boat.

A man being picked up and struggling against a group of officers who are handling a man.

In Kampala on Tuesday, a Ugandan activist is detained by riot police during a protest in support of the European Parliament’s resolution to stop the East African Crude Oil pipeline, which they say would harm the environment.

Janet Smith, Ndavi Nokeri and Nhlanhla Shezi all smiling and posing for a photo.  Janet Smith has the book in her hands.

There will be quieter scenes in Johannesburg on Tuesday as Miss South Africa, Ndavi Nokeri (centre), stands alongside writer Nhlanhla Shezi and journalist Janet Smith – launching the latter’s biography of African businessman Patrice Motsepe South.

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