28 September 2012
Last updated at 17:59
Women in South Africa dress up in Zulu traditional attire to celebrate the country’s Heritage Day on the streets of the coastal city of Durban on Monday.
Two days before, a South African rodeo cowboy is thrown from a bull in Malmesbury on the outskirts of Cape Town. It is the second rodeo to be held in the Western Cape and is based on US rules that riders should try to stay on the bull for up to eight seconds, the Associated Press news agency reports.
In Nigeria's floating slum of Makoko, which has been targeted for demolition by Lagos state authorities, a young girl paddles her canoe on Thursday.
A barge transports vehicles across the River Niger near Lokoja in Nigeria's Kogi state on Monday following recent floods. The city is located at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers.
On Tuesday, the day before Sudan and South Sudan signed a deal on trade, oil and security, easing tensions that brought the two countries to the brink of war this year, South Sudanese fishermen near the border in Malakal work in a handmade boat on the River Nile.
A masked Somali pirate on Sunday stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore in Hobyo, a once bustling pirate port, after a ransom was paid and its crew released.
The next day, about 200 members of al-Qaeda-aligned group al-Shabab are marched into a square in the capital, Mogadishu, after surrendering to African Union and Somali government forces over the weekend.
On the same day, Ivorian soldiers patrol in the border town of Noe where lorries have been blocked from crossing into Ghana after a series of deadly attacks in Ivory Coast by armed men suspected of crossing over from the Ghanaian side of the border. The land border between the two countries remains shut.
On Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of the sinking of the Joola ferry, a couple visit a cemetery in Mbao outside the Senegalese capital, Dakar, which has 140 unmarked graves of some of the victims. The majority of the 1,863 people who died in one of the world's worst maritime disasters were school children.
A four-month-old baby gorilla is fed on Friday by his carer at a gorilla orphan centre at the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo – an area beset by insecurity and roaming rebels and militias.