5 November 2012
Last updated at 12:48
Rasmane Ouedraogo in the yellow jersey celebrates with the crowd in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, after winning Burkina Faso’s International Cycling Tour on Sunday.
Later in the week on Thursday, children fly kites in the South African township of Khayelitsha near Cape Town. The event is part of the annual Cape Town International Kite Festival which takes place this weekend.
In Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, presidential guards on horseback trot past parliament at its official opening by President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday. It will be the final session of the chamber before elections expected next year.
The next day, elephants play at the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya, about 300km (186 miles) south-west of the capital, Nairobi.
In neighbouring Somalia, porters offload charcoal from a truck at a market in the capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday. Islamist militants were expelled from Mogadishu more than a year ago - and the war-torn city is experiencing an economic revival.
On the same day, the sun rises over a ship anchored off Mogadishu, awaiting to unload their supplies in the city's port. The seas off Somalia, patrolled by international navies, are some of the most dangerous in the world - with vessels risking capture by pirates.
Across the continent in Senegal, boys lead rams out of the Atlantic Ocean after washing them at first light in preparation for sacrifice, on Eid al-Adha in the capital, Dakar.
On Wednesday in Kenya, a hairdresser braids a woman’s hair at her salon in the sprawling slum of Kibera in Nairobi.
In Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, a model backstage at the MTN Fashion and Design Week is pictured with her mobile phones.
On the same day, Ebitim Banigo - the paramount chief of Okpoama kingdom in Nigeria’s oil-rich but impoverished Delta region - is pictured at his coronation.
US tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams dance with students of the Federal Government College in the Ikoyi district of Lagos on Thursday. The sisters are touring Nigeria and South Africa to promote women’s rights.