Saturday, 21 March 2015

Picture news of events around Africa this week

Compiled by BBC

A selection of photos from around the African continent this week.
Singer Angelique Kidjo performs on stage at the Etisalat Prize for Literature award ceremony in Lagos 15 March 2015
Angelique Kidjo performs in Nigeria's main city Lagos on Sunday. She sang some of her popular hits at an event to honour budding African writers. South Africa's Songeziwe Mahlangu won a prize for his debut novel Penumbra, focusing on the life of a mentally ill person.


On Saturday, young South Africans dance to house music at a nightclub in Soweto, outside Johannesburg. They are members of a ‘commando’ of skhothanes, a subculture characterised by their love of expensive clothes and competitive dance
A day earlier, young South Africans dance to house music at a nightclub in Soweto, outside Johannesburg. They are members of a "commando" of skhothanes, a subculture characterised by their love of expensive clothes and competitive dance. A BBC team followed them for its A Richer World series.
A woman takes part in the yearly Cape Town Carnival held in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, 14 March 2015
A day earlier, a woman takes part in the annual carnival hosted in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town...
An elephant forms part of the floats at the yearly Cape Town Carnival held in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, 14 March  2015
An elephant formed one of the floats at the carnival - a major attraction for both local and foreign tourists.
A model presents a creation by Angolan designer Nadir Tati at the Moda Lisboa fashion week in Lisbon, Portugal, 15 March 2015
On Sunday, a model presents a creation by Angolan designer Nadir Tati at the Moda Lisboa fashion week in Portugal's capital, Lagos.
Libyan women shop in the old part of the capital, Tripoli, on 17 March  2015
While in Libya's capital Tripoli on Tuesday, women shop for scarves...
A Libyan man walks past graffiti depicting Libya's killed leader Muammar Gaddafi being tortured in the capital, Tripoli, on 17 March 2015
On the same day in the city, this man walks past graffiti depicting Muammar Gaddafi being tortured. Militant Islamists have caused havoc in Libya since Nato-backed forces killed him in 2011. He had warned that his overthrow would lead to militant Islamists emerging like "rats" in Libya.
Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, 18 March  2015
In northern Nigeria the next day, militant Islamists were in retreat, following an offensive launched by regional forces. Here, soldiers from Niger hold up a flag of Boko Haram after retaking the town of Damasak from the insurgents...
Elderly men fleeing from Boko Haram attacks tries to share food items distributed at Kabalewa Refugees Camp, Diffa in Niger Republic, on 13 March  2015
On Friday, these elderly men share food at a refugee camp in Niger. Thousands of Nigerians fled to Niger to escape the six-year insurgency which has left more than three million people homeless.
 man drives a tractor to transport sugar canes from farms to a sugar factory in Mumias in western Kenya in this photo released on 18 March 2015
In this photo released on Wednesday, a man drives a tractor in western Kenya to transport sugar cane to a factory. Sugar cane farmers in the region have been complaining that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet.
As part of the global campaign on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2015, the Axum Obelisks went Green. This year for the first time, the ancient Stelae in Aksum joined the list of famous landmarks worldwide going 'green' on Saint Patrick's Day. The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are one of nine sites in Ethiopia which feature on UNESCO's World Heritage List and one of the country's major tourist sites. The Stelae (or obelisks)  are about 1,700 years old and are said to mark the burial chambers of the Kings of Aksum.The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are one of nine sites in Ethiopia which feature on UNESCO's World Heritage List and one of the country's major tourist sites. The Stelae (or obelisks)  are about 1,700 years old and are said to mark the burial chambers of the Kings of Aksum.
As part of the global campaign on St Patrick's Day, the Axum Obelisks in Ethiopia went "green" for the first time. The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The obelisks are about 1,700 years old and are said to mark the burial chambers of the Kings of Aksum.
A  picture made available on 16 March 2015 shows a scale model of a planned new capital for Cairo during the second day of the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC), in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
This photo released on Monday shows a scale model of a planned new city in Egypt. It will lie half way between Cairo and the Suez canal, and will become Egypt's administrative capital with government buildings relocated to the new city...
Egyptians stand in front of their houses at a slum in Ramlet Bulaq neighbourhood, Cairo, Egypt, 16 March 2015
While on Monday, women stand in front of their homes at a slum in the Cairo - one of Africa's most congested and poor cities

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