Africa’s week in pictures: 4-10 March 2022

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

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Children look on at a surfer in Dakar, Senegal - Sunday 6 March 2022

Children look at those taking part in a surfing competition in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, on Sunday.

A woman prayer above a cave in Ngor, Dakar in Senegal - Friday 4 March 2022

Aese woman prays on Friday during an annual pilgrimage Senegal undertaken by the Layene brotherhood of Sufi Muslims to a sacred cave in Dakar. It is the first time it has been held since the Covid pandemic began.

Female wardens and female Tuesday dance together at a prison in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - 8 March 2022

Female prison wardens and detainees at a jail in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, dance together on Tuesday to mark International Women’s Day…

Women taking selfies in front of a International Women's Day poster showing the Ivorian first lady, Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Tuesday 8 March 2022

In Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan women take selfies as part of the celebrations in front of a poster featuring the country’s first lady…

South Africa singers Ntombi Ngcobo Mzolo (L) and Linah Ngcobo (R) at the First Annual Basadi In Music Awards Official Launch in Johannesburg, South Africa - Tuesday 8 March 2022

On the same day, South African singers Ntombi Ngcobo Mzolo (L) and Linah Ngcobo (R) smile at the launch in Johannesburg of new music awards to recognise female talent…

A woman with a poster saying: "Nigeria cannot make progress without her women"  takes part in a protest in Ikeja, Lagos in Nigeria - Tuesday 8 March 2022

A protester in Lagos takes part in a Women’s Day march by those angered about the rejection by Nigeria’s parliament of various gender and equality bills.

A girl in pink boxing gloves in Lagos, Nigeria - Saturday 5 March 2022

In Lagos on Saturday, a Nigerian girl wears boxing gloves for a training session…

A girl and boy take part in a boxing training match in Lagos, Nigeria - Saturday 5 March 2022

Boxing training grounds abound in the city – and talent spotters for Nigeria’s national teams often attend.

Ballet dancers at a lesson in Tunis, Tunisia - Saturday 5 March 2022

Ballet dancers attend a lesson in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, on Saturday.

South African female cricketer Ayabonga Khaka bowling in a match against Bangladesh at University Oval in Dunedin, New Zealand - Saturday 5 March 2022

On the same day, South Africa’s Ayabonga Khaka bowls during a Women’s Cricket World Cup match in New Zealand against Bangladesh, which her team went on to win.

A woman whistles during an anti-coup protest in Khartoum, Sudan - Tuesday 8 March 2022

A woman whistles during an anti-coup protest in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday.

Boys pose on carts on a pedestrian bridge in Lagos, Nigeria - Friday 4 March 2022

Cart pushers pose in Lagos on Friday as calls grow for the carts to be banned in the Nigerian city. There are accusations they are used to dump rubbish by roads and into waterways at night, which contributes to flooding.

Citizens Coalition for Change supporters dancing during a political rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe - Saturday 5 March 2022

Opposition supporters in Zimbabwe dance during a rally in Bulawayo on Saturday ahead of important by-elections later in the month.

Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize at Paris Womenswear Fashion Week in Paris, France - Sunday 6 March 2022

Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize seems delighted with the response to the launch of his new collection during Paris Womenswear Fashion Week on Sunday…

Models wearing stripped Kenneth Ize suits on the catwalk in Paris, France - Sunday 6 March 2022

The 31-year-old is famous for using aso oke, a fabric hand-woven in Nigeria, for his distinctive suits.

Members of The Local Dances Association on Stage performing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Monday 7 March 2022

The next day, members of an Ivorian band are pictured on stage at Abidjan’s Cultural Palace during the Market for African Performing Arts (Masa)…

Participants pull a giant puppet during the opening parade for the Market for African Performing Arts (Masa) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Friday 4 March 2022

The week-long arts festival opened on Friday with a street parade through Abidjan’s streets…

Members from the Adjoukrou ethnic group during the opening parade for the Market for African Performing Arts (Masa) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Friday 4 March 2022

It aims to show Ivory Coast’s – and Africa’s – cultural diversity. Pictured here are performers from the Adjoukrou ethnic group.

Women hugging - one recently returned from Ukraine - in Abuja, Nigeria - Friday 4 March 2022

A family rejoices in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Friday after being united with a student recently relocated from Ukraine following Russia’s invasion…

A pro-Russian rally in Bangui, the Central African Republic - Saturday 5 March 2022

The next day, a pro-Russian rally is held in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, where Russian mercenaries and troops are in support of the government…

A protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Durban, South Africa - Sunday 6 March 2022

A march against the war is held on Sunday along the beach front in South Africa’s city of Durban.

Children playing football in Nairobi, Kenya - Thursday 10 March 2022

And children kick around a ball on Thursday in a neighbor of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, where informal structures have been demolished to make way for the new Nairobi Expressway.

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