22nd February 2020

In_pictures Africa’s week in pictures: 24-30 January 2020

In_pictures Africa’s week in pictures: 24-30 January 2020

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

in_pictures Firefighters holding a water hose in Lagos, Nigeria - Wednesday 29 January 2020Image copyright
Reuters

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Fightfighters in Nigeria work to extinguish a blaze at Balogun market in the city of Lagos on Wednesday…

in_pictures Women rescue mannequins from Balogun market in Lagos, Nigeria - Wednesday 29 January 2020Image copyright
AFP

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The sprawling market area is known for its fabric and clothing stalls.

in_pictures A foot vendor sitting under an umbrella in front of her pots in Abuja, Nigeria - Saturday 25 January 2020Image copyright
Reuters

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On Saturday, a food vendor, known in Nigeria as a “Mama Put”, sits by a stall in the capital, Abuja. Mama Put is one of 29 Nigerian-English words added to the Oxford English Dictionary this month…

in_pictures A Scrabble board with the words Orixa, Jollof, Kobo and Orisha laid out on it - Abuja, Nigeria - Tuesday 28 January 2020Image copyright
Reuters

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On the same day, words used in Nigeria that were already in the dictionary are seen on a Scrabble board in Abuja…

in_pictures Scrabble players in Abuja, Nigeria - Saturday 25 January 2020Image copyright
Reuters

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The word game is popular in Nigeria and here players in the capital face each other at a Scrabble event.

in_pictures A health worker holds up infrared thermometer to a young girl at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya - Wednesday 29 January 2020Image copyright
EPA

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On Wednesday, a health worker screens passengers after their arrival at the international airport in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

in_pictures A yellow desert locust being held between a man's fingers in Enziu, Kitui County, Kenya - Friday 24 January 2020Image copyright
EPA

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A Kenyan farmer on Friday holds up a desert locust, which has turned yellow – meaning it has reached sexual maturity. Locust swarms are sweeping across the region, leaving devastation in their wake.

in_pictures Singers pictured at a special service in the Anglican Cathedral in NairobImage copyright
Reuters

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Hymns are sung at a special service on Sunday at St Stephen’s Anglican church in Nairobi, attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury on a visit to the country.

in_pictures Ines Tlili Zaalouni (front) and Myriam Bribri (back) carry the flag-draped coffin of Lina Ben Mhenni in Tunis, Tunisia - Tuesday 28 January 2020Image copyright
AFP

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On Tuesday, friends of prominent Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni carry the 36-year-old’s coffin – honouring her fight for gender equality in the Muslim country where women often do not take part in funerals.

in_pictures Half-finished replicas statues of Queen Nefertiti pictured at a workshop in Cairo, Egypt - Monday 27 January 2020Image copyright
EPA

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Replica statues of pharaonic Queen Nefertiti are seen at the workshop in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, on Monday.

in_pictures A woman taking a photo on her mobile of children in a teacup ride at an amusement arcade in Tajura, Libya - Friday 24 January 2020Image copyright
AFP

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Children enjoy a ride at an amusement park in the Libyan town of Tajura, near the capital, Tripoli, on Friday…

in_pictures A horse trainer with a white horse in Benghazi, Libya - Tuesday 28 January 2020Image copyright
AFP

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Four days a later, a Libyan breeder of Arabian horses trains a steed at his farm in the eastern city of Benghazi.

in_pictures People on carts pulled by donkeys on the road from Barsalogho to Kaya in Burkina Fasao - Monday 27 January 020Image copyright
AFP

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Villagers flee spiralling violence in northern Burkina Faso on Monday. Aid agencies say the number of people displaced there increased tenfold last year – to more than 500,000 people.

in_pictures Motorbike riders protest with a sign reading Image copyright
EPA

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The next day, motorcyclists protest about acute petrol shortages in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, as they queue at a garage.

in_pictures A farm work holding tobacco leaves aloft on Tilisa Farm in Bromley, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 29 January 2020Image copyright
EPA

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A farm worker in a tobacco field in Zimbabwe carries freshly harvested leaves on Wednesday.

in_pictures A man in silhouette using a mobile phone in Johannesburg, South Africa - Thursday 30 January 2020Image copyright
Reuters

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The next day, a man uses his mobile phone at the launch of an MTN mobile money service in South Africa’s city of Johannesburg…

in_pictures Mountain climber, Saray Khumalo at the top of a hill overlooking Johannesburg, South Africa - Thursday 30 January 2020Image copyright
EPA

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And also on Thursday, Johannesburg resident and mountain climber Saray Khumalo, the first black woman to climb Everest, is pictured overlooking the city.

Images from AFP, EPA and Reuters

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