Africa’s week in pictures: 19-25 March 2021

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

A man holds balloons for friends and family members during a wedding outside the mayor's office in Bangui, Central African Republic - Saturday 20 March 2021A man holds balloons for friends and family members during a wedding outside the mayor's office in Bangui, Central African Republic - Saturday 20 March 2021

Balloons are offered to wedding guests in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on Saturday.

A young girls wearing a face mask on the first day back to school after a coronavirus closure in Maputo, Mozambique - Monday 22 March 2021A young girls wearing a face mask on the first day back to school after a coronavirus closure in Maputo, Mozambique - Monday 22 March 2021

Looking pretty in face-mask pink, a girl returns to school in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, on Monday…

Students wearing face masks and hats in a class sitting at a table covered in Lego on the first day of re-opening schools in Ruwa, Zimbabwe - Monday 22 March 2021Students wearing face masks and hats in a class sitting at a table covered in Lego on the first day of re-opening schools in Ruwa, Zimbabwe - Monday 22 March 2021

Schools also reopened on Monday after a coronavirus lockdown in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Children play at a table football in the port of Mopti, Mali - Friday 19 March 2021Children play at a table football in the port of Mopti, Mali - Friday 19 March 2021

Children play table football on Friday in Mopti, a town in Mali which is on the confluence of the Niger and the Bani Rivers.

People play on snow sledges in the Chrea mountains in Blida, Algeria - Monday 22 March 2021People play on snow sledges in the Chrea mountains in Blida, Algeria - Monday 22 March 2021

It is sledging these children enjoy on Monday in Algeria’s Chréa mountains…

Snow sledges lined up upstanding in the snow in the Chrea mountains in Blida, Algeria - Monday 22 March 2021Snow sledges lined up upstanding in the snow in the Chrea mountains in Blida, Algeria - Monday 22 March 2021

It’s a skiing area about 60km (35 miles) south of the capital, Algiers.

A boy sits on a fishing boat staring out at to sea with his back to the camera wearing a shirt with the number 10 of Lionel Messi, the Barcelona football player in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia - Saturday 20 March 2021A boy sits on a fishing boat staring out at to sea with his back to the camera wearing a shirt with the number 10 of Lionel Messi, the Barcelona football player in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia - Saturday 20 March 2021

A young football fan wearing a Lionel Messi Barcelona shirt sits on a Liberian fishing boat looking out to sea on Saturday…

Fisherman on a boat in FC Barcelona compound of Fanti town near Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia - Saturday 20 March 2021Fisherman on a boat in FC Barcelona compound of Fanti town near Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia - Saturday 20 March 2021

He lives in a coastal fishing hamlet dedicated to the Spanish football club, called FC Barcelona compound…

Children in front of building painted in the colours of Barcelona football club in FC Barcelona compound of Fanti town near Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia - Saturday 20 March 2021Children in front of building painted in the colours of Barcelona football club in FC Barcelona compound of Fanti town near Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia - Saturday 20 March 2021

Everything in the small community by the shores of the Lako Piso tidal lagoon is dedicated to the football club and painted in its colours.

Barcelona's Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala with the ball during the Uefa Women's Champions League quarter-final football match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Brianteo Stadium in Monza, Italy - Wednesday 24 March 2021Barcelona's Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala with the ball during the Uefa Women's Champions League quarter-final football match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Brianteo Stadium in Monza, Italy - Wednesday 24 March 2021

On Wednesday, Barcelona’s Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala helps her side beat Manchester City, scoring in the Champions League quarter-final match played in Italy.

Eritrean cyclist Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin participating in a time trial stage of the Volta a Catalunya race in Spain - Tuesday 23 March 2021Eritrean cyclist Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin participating in a time trial stage of the Volta a Catalunya race in Spain - Tuesday 23 March 2021

The day before, not too far from Barcelona, Eritrean cyclist Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin takes part in the Volta a Catalunya race.

A woman walks through the oasis town of Figuig - with yellow and blue painted walls and doors - on Morocco's border with Algeria - Saturday 20 March 2021A woman walks through the oasis town of Figuig - with yellow and blue painted walls and doors - on Morocco's border with Algeria - Saturday 20 March 2021

A woman walks through Morocco’s brightly painted oasis town of Figuig on Friday…

A woman walks past a mud wall in Figuig surrounded by palm trees on Morocco's border with Algeria - Saturday 20 March 2021A woman walks past a mud wall in Figuig surrounded by palm trees on Morocco's border with Algeria - Saturday 20 March 2021

The town is built around an oasis of date palms on the border with Algeria…

A view of Morocco's oasis town of Figuig - also showing three donkeys carrying loads - near the border with Algeria - Saturday 20 March 2021A view of Morocco's oasis town of Figuig - also showing three donkeys carrying loads - near the border with Algeria - Saturday 20 March 2021

There have been recent protests in the town over a move by the Algerian authorities to expel date growers from an area they have traditionally used.

Breeder and trainer of purebred Arabian horses Abdul Salam al-Worfali giving a horse some medicine in Benghazi, Libya - Monday 22 March 2021Breeder and trainer of purebred Arabian horses Abdul Salam al-Worfali giving a horse some medicine in Benghazi, Libya - Monday 22 March 2021

On Monday, a breeder and trainer of purebred Arabian horses in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi gives one of his steeds some medicine.

A tank is fired during a demonstration at a graduation ceremony for members of Libya's Petroleum Facilities Guard in Bir al-Ghanam, Libya - Monday 22 March 2021A tank is fired during a demonstration at a graduation ceremony for members of Libya's Petroleum Facilities Guard in Bir al-Ghanam, Libya - Monday 22 March 2021

On the same day in a town in western Libya, a tank’s gun is fired during a graduation ceremony for guards tasked with protecting oil fields and ports.

People cheer from the back of a truck during a camel race at a track near Omdurman, Sudan - Friday 19 March 2021People cheer from the back of a truck during a camel race at a track near Omdurman, Sudan - Friday 19 March 2021

Cheering boys and men ride along on a truck speeding after racing camels near the Sudanese city of Omdurman on Friday…

Camels tied to a pole during a race at a track near Omdurman, Sudan - Friday 19 March 2021Camels tied to a pole during a race at a track near Omdurman, Sudan - Friday 19 March 2021

The race, which took place at a track by al-Ikhlas village, is organised by camel-rearing families.

Men wait to refill their oxygen cylinders at Gast Solar Mechanics in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Friday 19 March 2021Men wait to refill their oxygen cylinders at Gast Solar Mechanics in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Friday 19 March 2021

Also on Friday, men wait to refill oxygen cylinders – needed by their relatives in hospital with Covid-19 – at a mechanics workshop in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Swimmer Omar Sayed Shaaban wearing a monofin training in a pool in Cairo, Egypt - Sunday 21 March 2021Swimmer Omar Sayed Shaaban wearing a monofin training in a pool in Cairo, Egypt - Sunday 21 March 2021

And Egyptian swimmer Omar Sayed Shaaban trains in a pool in Cairo on Sunday wearing a monofin. Earlier this month he broke the world record for the highest jump from water with a mermaid-like flipper.

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