Africa’s top shots: 30 April-6 May 2021


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

A girl ponders a chess move in Makoko, a slum in the Nigerian city of Lagos, on Wednesday…

A kola nut seller in Lagos, Nigeria - Saturday 1 May 2021

In the city on Saturday, a woman sells kola nuts for people attending a workers’ day parade.

Two girls looking at out a mobile phone in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Friday 30 April 2021

Two girls check out a mobile phone on Friday during a religious gathering for Orthodox Good Friday in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa…

A poultry seller holding two birds in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Saturday 1 May 2021

In the city the next day, Orthodox Christians flock to a poultry market to buy a bird to prepare for an Easter feast.

War veterans and other marking patriot day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Wednesday 5 May 2021

War veterans in Addis Ababa mark Patriots Day on Wednesday, which is a national holiday in Ethiopia that commemorates the end of the Italian occupation in 1941.

A woman lights a candles at Ghriba Synagogue, Djerba, Tunisia - Friday 30 April 2021

A Jewish pilgrim lights a candle at Ghriba Synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba on Friday…

A woman writes prayers on an egg at Ghriba Synagogue, Djerba, Tunisia - Friday 30 April 2021

The annual pilgrimage includes the age-old tradition of writing prayers on eggs.

A nurse holding up a syringe in Tunis, Tunisia - Monday 3 May 2021

A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at a Covid-19 centre in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, on Monday.

A man diving into the sea in Tripoli, Libya - Friday 30 April 2021

A Libyan dives into the sea from rocks in the capital, Tripoli, on Friday.

Swallows flying by a bridge over the River Niger, Bamako, Mali - Friday 30 April 2021

On the same day, swallows swoop by a bridge over the Niger River in Mali’s capital, Bamako. The area is the site of a Sufi community in the city.

MMA champion Francis Ngannou parading through Bafoussam on a vehicle, Cameroon - Saturday 1 May 2021

Francis Ngannou, the new world champion of heavyweight mixed martial arts who is known as “The Predator”, parades through the Cameroonian city of Bafoussam on Saturday on a triumphant return home.

A woman pours camel milk from a dish into a plastic container near N'Djamena, Chad - Tuesday 4 May 2021

After milking some camels, a woman carefully pours the liquid into a plastic container in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, on Tuesday.

David Ngwerume with a face-masked sculpture in Harare, Zimbabwe - Friday 30 April 2021

Zimbabwean sculptor David Ngwerume poses with his work of a woman wearing a Covid-19 face mask in the capital, Harare, on Friday.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Kenya's parliament, Nairobi, Kenya - Wednesday 5 May 2021

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan prepares to address Kenya’s parliament on Wednesday wearing a face mask – something she doesn’t use at home…

Kenya's police band in the rain in Nairobi, Kenya - Wednesday 5 May 2021

There is much pomp and ceremony during her state visit, though the Kenya police band gets drenched waiting to perform on Wednesday.

A protester being manhandled by a police officer in Nairobi, Kenya - Saturday 1 May 2021

In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday, a man is arrested during a protest demanding better living conditions for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowds gather at night holding phones to provide light at the funeral of Zubair Ahmed al-Hassan, the secretary general of the Islamic Movement in Khartoum, Sudan - Saturday 1 May 2021

On the same day in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, people gather for the funeral ceremony for Zubair Ahmed al-Hassan, the secretary general of the Islamic Movement and an ally of ousted President Omar al-Bashir. He had been in custody awaiting trial for corruption.

A man sitting on a chair outside and holding a radio in Lukodi, Uganda - Thursday 6 May 2021

A man in northern Uganda holds a radio on Thursday to listen to the International Criminal Court’s sentencing of Dominic Ongwen, a child soldier-turned-rebel commander, to 25 years in jail.

Nomuzi Mabena at a SA Fashion Week event in Midrand, South Africa - Saturday 1 May 2021

It is all glitz and glamour at a South Africa Fashion Week event in Midrand on Saturday where Nomuzi Mabena, a rapper and TV presenter better known as Moozlie, poses for the cameras.

A moon seen behind a minaret at night in Cairo, Egypt - Tuesday 4 May 2021

And more beauty is on display on Tuesday as the moon is seen behind a mosque’s minaret decorated for Ramadan in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

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