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

A woman boards a bus in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Saturday – a day after the the country tightened restrictions because of a spike in Covid-19 deaths…

Commuters walk across the floating bridge in Mombasa, Kenya - Wednesday 31 March 2021

In Mombasa on Wednesday, people crowd on to a bridge connecting the city’s mainland to the island as ferry services have been paused during the main commuting hours to curb the spread of Covid.

A man sells vuvuzelas outside the entrance to the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos, Nigeria - Tuesday 30 March 2021

Vuvezelas are on sale outside a stadium in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos on Saturday for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho…

Fans sit on marked seats to adhere to social distancing measures in Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria - Tuesda 30 March 2021

Social-distancing measures were in place for those football fans watching the match inside the stadium and seeing the Super Eagles to a 3-0 victory.

Ethiopians celebrate after the country qualifies for the Africa Cup of Nations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Tuesday 30 March 2021

On the same day in Addis Ababa, fans took to the streets to celebrate Ethiopia’s place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, their first since 2013…

A car draped in the Ethiopian flag as fans celebrate after the country qualifies for the Africa Cup of Nations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Tuesday 30 March 2021

Ethiopia had been losing to Ivory Coast before the game was abandoned after the referee collapsed. A 0-0 draw between Madagascar and Niger in their group means they still qualify.

A shoe showing the face of the former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo belonging to a supporter of the ex-leader in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Wednesday 31 March 2021

In Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan the next day, a fan of Laurent Gbagbo – with shoes to prove it – celebrates after the International Criminal Court (ICC) upholds the ex-president’s acquittal.

Two men in flowing robes stand in front of the Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu, Mali - Wednesday 31 March 2021

On Wednesday, two men are seen outside a mosque in Timbuktu a day after a symbolic euro was given to Mali’s government and Unesco. It was the outcome of an ICC trial that saw a jihadist found guilty of destroying ancient mausoleums in the city and liable for the damages, which he will not be able to pay.

Moroccan artist Yassine Balbzioui poses next to his work Fantasy at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain - Tuesday 30 March 2021

Artist Yassine Balbzioui poses next to his work on Tuesday which is part of a new exhibition in the Spanish capital, Madrid, exploring Moroccan art since 1950.

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon hits American Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas, the US - Saturday 27 March 2021

Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic of the US on Saturday to become the new heavyweight championship during the UFC 260 event in Las Vegas.

Wrestlers smear their bodies with sand before a training session in Petit Mbao, Senegal - Monday 29 March 2021

Two days later, Senegalese wrestlers smear their bodies with sand before a training session…

Wrestlers grapple during a training session in Petit Mbao, Senegal - Monday 29 March 2021

As coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, wrestlers can now start to prepare themselves for the start of tournaments.

Two female volunteers collect plastic debris into rubbish bags at Lighthouse Beach near Lagos, Nigeria - Saturday 27 March 2021

Volunteers in Nigeria comb a beach near Lagos on Saturday to remove the plastic debris strewn over the sand…

A man and a little girl in his arms look down at a palm frond he holds at a Catholic church in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria - Sunday 28 March 2021

In the city the next day, Catholics attend a Palm Sunday service where they are given a palm leaf to remind them of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem days before his death.

Shade Ajayi, 50, surrounded by other schoolgirls at a school in Ilorin, Nigeria - Thursday 25 March 2021 (photo released Tuesday 30 March 2021)

This photo of a 50-year-old Nigerian businesswoman at school in Ilorin was released on Tuesday. It is part of series taken by Reuters last week about Shade Ajayi who did not go to school as a child – and believes her inability to read or write is holding her back.

A man with a saxophone is among a crowd of mourners waving at the funeral procession for Didier Ratsiraka Madagascar's former president, in Antananarivo, Madagascar - Monday 29 March 2021

On Monday, crowds of mourners in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, gather to wave at ex-President Didier Ratsiraka’s funeral procession.

The fishing boats in the port of Paquitequete in northern Mozambique - Monday 29 March 2021

On the same day in northern Mozambique, boats are seen in Paquitequete, a port south of Palma – a town which came under attack by jihadists last week…

A woman is comforted by another woman as they wait in Pemba for a boat of evacuees arriving from Palma, Mozambique - Thursday 1 April 2021

People are still trying to flee the area, the centre of a major gas project. Here women comfort each other in Pemba on Thursday as they wait for evacuees.

People dressed in traditional attire perform a dance during a protest outside the Boulders Shopping Centre in Midrand, South Africa - Tuesday 30 March 2021

People dressed in traditional clothing gather outside a shopping centre in South Africa on Tuesday to protest after a man wearing Ndebele attire was asked to leave a shop.

A woman aims a shotgun while practising clay pigeon shooting at the Rooikraal shooting range in Ekurhuleni, South Africa - Saturday 27 March 2021

On Saturday, women take part at an event in Ekurhuleni in South Africa where they can practise their shooting.

Ballet dancer from the Joburg Ballet company rehearse in Johannesburg, South Africa - Thursday 1 April 2021

For ballet dancers in South Africa, it is back to rehearsals on Thursday as their company Joburg Ballet prepares to return to the stage next week after a long break because of Covid-19.

A chimpanzee in a wildlife sanctuary in Zambia who is being studied by scientists wears a blade of grass in one ear

And on Thursday researchers from the UK’s University of St Andrews release this shot of a chimpanzee in Zambia wearing a grass “earring” – which they say shows the animals develop their own culture and fashions.

All photos subject to copyright.

Disclaimer: If you need to update/edit/remove this news or article then please contact our support team Learn more