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Africa’s week in pictures: 24-30 November 2023

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

Initiates perform during the initiation ceremony at Wole Soyinka Theatre at the University of Ibadan on November 24, 2023.

Theature students at Nigeria’s University of Ibadan perform an initiation ceremony on Friday…

Arts students at the University of Ibadan on Friday 24 November.

The rites are meant to create a bond between classmates.

Moroccan actress Fatima-Ezzahra el Jouhari blows a kiss on the red carpet at the Marrakech International Film Festival on Friday.

On the same day, Moroccan actress Fatima-Ezzahra el Jouhari blows a kiss on the red carpet at the Marrakech International Film Festival.


Protagonists of the ARTE documentary "Guardians of the Forest" (from L) Mongoloia's Tumursukh Jal, Gabon's Hilarion Kassa Moussavou, Brazil's Benki Piyako, Canada's Twyla Edgi-Masuzumi and Papua New Guinea's Mundiya Kepanga pose for a photograph.

Hilarion Kassa Moussavou from Gabon (2nd from left), who appears in the Guardians of the Forest documentary, joins co-stars from Mongolia, Brazil, Canada and Papua New Guinea at a Unesco event on Monday.

A zookeeper holds a mewing white lion cub.

A newborn South African lion cub is shown to the cameras at Venezuela’s Las Delicias Zoo on Wednesday.

A man poses for a portrait on flooded land.

The day before, John Malesh stands on the now-flooded land in Benitu where his house once stood. The climate crisis has caused unprecedented weather extremes in South Sudan.

A woman wearing a woolly hat speaks to journalists.

In Kenya, Elizabeth Ngusilo talks to reporters outside the Nakuru High Court, as her Ogiek community challenge government attempts to evict them from the Mau Forest.

Women wear matching clothing and facepaint.

Sunday sees people gather in Senegal’s capital for the Dakar Carnival…

Senegalese people wearing traditional face paints and clothes perform dances from the Lebu ethnic group.

And dancing by members of the Lebu community…

A man carries items on a horse and cart.

All happening under a resplendent full moon.

A model walks down the catwalk in gear designed by Kunjina Tesfaye.

Ethiopian designer Kunjina Tesfaye’s wares go on show at the BRICS+ Fashion Summit in Russia on Thursday.

brahim Diarra of Mali celebrates after scoring at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Semi Final in Indonesia.

Ibrahim Diarra (centre) salutes with his teammates after scoring Mali’s first goal against France, in the FIFA Under 17s World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

A soldier carries a rocket propelled grenade launcher in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

A soldier carries a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown on Monday, after the government said it had thwarted an attempted coup at the weekend.

A cat sits near a large, ancient column.

On the same say, a cat sits Sphinx-like at the ruins of an ancient Greek temple in Alexandria, Egypt.

Lukho Qongqo, a Xhosa initiate poses for a photograph at a veld outside an initiation school at a village, in Tsomo.

And on Saturday in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, young Xhosa initiate Lukho Qongqo poses for a photograph.

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