25 January 2013
Last updated at 13:15
People cheer on riders on Saturday competing in the sixth 147km (91 mile) stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, a week-long cycling race in Gabon on the west coast of central Africa.
Three days later, a man with goods to sell cycles to market near Segou, 240km north of Bamako, the capital of Mali - where French forces are involved in a military campaign to help drive out militant Islamist groups in control of the north of the West African nation.
On the same day in Segou, Malian fishermen are pictured on the River Niger as a man on the bank packs his clothes after washing them.
Children pose at the Goudebou refugee camp in northern Burkina Faso on Saturday. The UN refugee agency said this week that almost 7,500 Malians have crossed into neighbouring nations since French air strikes began. According to the UN, in the last year some 337,000 Malians have fled their homes.
On Tuesday, a worker adjusts a pipe at Algeria’s Zarzaitine gas field near In Amenas and the Tigantourine gas plant where a four-day siege ended this week with the deaths of at least 67 people, including 37 hostages from nine different countries.
Muslim worshipers gather at the Sufi mausoleum of Sidi Bou Said Beji, in a suburb of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, on Wednesday as part of events this week to mark the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
On a beach outside the coastal town of Ouidah in Benin on Saturday, a boy rushes to catch up with his mother as she helps carry a large fishing net.
In Kisumu in Kenya, Orange Democratic Movement supporters split into separate camps and take to the streets on Sunday in protest over the party’s choice of candidate to run for governor of the western town in elections in March. In the end a person was nominated who had not contested the position to ease tensions.
On the same day, Somalis in the capital, Mogadishu, put up a billboard painted by a co-operative of local artists, who were not allowed to work when al-Shabab militants controlled the city. The message reads: “Before the law, all people are equal".
A woman who runs a fruit and vegetable stall at a market in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, picks up an umbrella blown over in the wind on Wednesday.
Thousands of people attend the burial of Zimbabwe’s Deputy President John Nkomo, who died aged 78 after a battle with cancer, at Heroes Acre just outside the capital, Harare on Monday - a day punctuated by showers...
... President Robert Mugabe addressed mourners - one of whom wore a presidential designer label beret - saying John Nkomo’s legacy could be honoured with peaceful polls this year. “His wish was to see the country rising above unnecessary skirmishes and achieve national unity,” the state-owned Herald paper quoted the president as saying.
In South Africa, the African Nations Cup kicked off over the weekend. An Ethiopian fan (L) on Monday cheers as the Walya Antelopes – in the finals after a 31-year absence – held champions Zambia to a draw, though supporters feared trouble when their keeper was sent off. On Sunday, a Congolese fan (R) watches a tense match which saw the Leopards came back from 2-0 down to deny Ghana victory...
The fans' costumes are providing as much entertainment off the pitch as on – including this selection of impressive hats from Burkina Faso, Mali – in French colours – Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia.