Africa’s week in pictures: 31 May-6 June 2024


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

Amanuel Sileshi/AFP Ethiopian athletes at a training session ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Saturday 1 June 2024Amanuel Sileshi/AFP

As the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games draw near, athletes warm up at training session in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on Saturday, in the hopes of winning the gold.

Sayed Hassan/Getty Images A man carries a sheep at Al-Manashi livestock market, Giza, Egypt – Thursday 6 June 2024Sayed Hassan/Getty Images

On Thursday, a man carries a sheep in an Egyptian market in the city of Giza in preparation for Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice – a major Islamic holiday.

Alaister Russell/Reuters Members of Zion Christian Church perform baptisms in the seas at North Beach in Durban, South Africa – Sunday 2 June 2024Alaister Russell/Reuters

Ocean baptisms are performed at a beach in the South African city of Durban early on Sunday morning.

Rajesh Jantilal/AFP View of a fallen tree and a damaged house in the aftermath of a tornado and extreme weather in Tongaat in South Africa – Tuesday 4 June 2024Rajesh Jantilal/AFP

The next day tornado-like storms hit the country’s provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, causing flooding and a huge amount of damage, as pictured here on Tuesday…

 Gianluigi Guercia/AFP  A child helps clearing water from an area damaged by floods in Uitenhage on June 05, 2024. Flooding caused by torrential rain and fierce winds on South Africa's eastern coast have killed at least 22 people, local authorities said on Tuesday. Flooding hit several locations in two eastern provinces, two rare tornados were spotted, temperatures plunged and snow fell in some central regions. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

More than 20 people died in the severe weather conditions. Here a community bands together to clear up some of the flood water in Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

Issouf Sanogo/AFP Representatives of Ghana's Ashanti king arrive at the funeral of late Ivorian president Henri Konan Bédié in the village of Pépressou, Ivory Coast – Saturday 1 June 2024Issouf Sanogo/AFP

On Saturday, representatives of the Ghana’s Ashanti king bring pomp and fanfare to the funeral of late Ivorian President Henri Konan Bédié , who was buried 10 months after his death, in his home village of Pépressou in eastern Ivory Coast…

Issouf Sanogo/AFP Representatives of Ghana's Ashanti King arrive at the funeral of late Ivorian president Henri Konan Bedie in the village of Pepressou near Daoukro on June 1, 2024.Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Delegations from the region travelled to honour Bédié, who served as Ivory Coast’s president from 1993 until 1999, when he was deposed in coup.

John Wessels/AFP Someone dressed up in a traditional costume for Senegal’s famous Fake Lion Show at a cultural event at Ngor beach in Dakar – Wednesday 5 June 2024John Wessels/AFP

A performer in Senegal’s famous Fake Lion beach entertainment show poses for the camera on Wednesday at a cultural event in the capital, Dakar…

John Wessels/AFP Competitors race in a pirogue boat during at a cultural event at Ngor beach in Dakar, Senegal – Wednesday 5 June 2024John Wessels/AFP

At the same event, competition is fierce to win the pirogue race.

Boniface Muthoni/Getty Images Zamzam Mike Mariam, a four-year-old girl, gets ready to plant a tree along the Mathare River in Nairobi, Kenya – Wednesday 5 June 2024Boniface Muthoni/Getty Images

On the same day, a four-year-old girl gets ready to plant a tree along the Mathare River near her old home in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which was destroyed by the floods a few weeks ago.

Kola Sulaimon/AFP Students stranded outside their school because of national strike in Abuja, Nigeria - Monday 3 June 2024Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Students in Nigeria look utterly fed up on Monday to find themselves locked out of school because of a nationwide general strike to demand a minimum wage increase.

Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters A man sitting in his mobile library known as the "Taxi Book” in Alexandria, Egypt – Monday 3 June 2024Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

And a mobile library, known as the “Taxi Book”, is pictured in Egypt’s city of Alexandria on Monday. Mohamed Azzam has decided to use his cab to spread the love of reading, offering text books and novels to passers-by.

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From the BBC in Africa this week:

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