15 February 2013
Last updated at 18:09
The Super Eagles prove they are a team of champions as fans watch their 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso to win the African Cup of Nations on Sunday in Johannesburg. It was 19 years since Nigeria last won the tournament.
Despite losing, Burkinabes spill onto the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, the next day to welcome home the national team. It was the first time the Stallions had ever reached a Cup of Nations final – until this year they had failed to win a single game on foreign soil.
On Thursday, South Africa’s Thulani Mbanjwa negotiates rapids in Pietermaritzburg during day one of the Dusi Canoe Marathon – a three-day race.
On the Kenyan island of Lamu on Friday, Muslims participate in a procession to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammed.
In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, people in a bar watch the first ever face-to-face presidential debate on Tuesday. Disputes over the previous election in 2007 led to ethnic violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed and 300,000 forced from their homes.
Two days earlier, a young boy plays with an old bicycle tyre in Mawingu, a camp in central Kenya for people displaced in that violence.
Children are pictured in front of a United Nations peacekeeping tank in Bukavu, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on Thursday.
The same day, Congolese dancers perform during a rally in Bukavu calling for an end to gender-based violence - part of a global event called One Billion Rising.
A Catholic nun in the mainly Muslim country of Mali marks a woman’s head with ash during an Ash Wednesday mass at the cathedral in the capital, Bamako - two days after the shock announcement from Pope Benedict XVI that he was retiring.
People travelling to Mali by bus from Niger’s capital, Niamey, are stopped outside the northern Malian town of Gao and line up to be searched by soldiers on Tuesday.
On the same day in Gao, a baker carries a table of bread through the city centre, passing a sign put up by the ousted Islamist militants about Sharia.
A Tunisian governing Ennahda party supporter climbs a lamppost during a demonstration on Saturday in the capital, Tunis, where tensions are high after the assassination of an opposition politician. Protesters hurled insults at France, accusing the former colonial ruler of interfering in Tunisian politics, AP reports.
The villa of the late Gabonese leader Omar Bango in Nice, south-eastern France, is pictured on Wednesday when French authorities searched the residence as part of an on-going corruption probe, a judicial source told the AFP news agency.
The day before, Somali fishermen carry sharks on their backs through the streets of the capital, Mogadishu - watched by passers by.
On the same day, a Zimbabwean farm worker carries tobacco leaves to the barns for curing on a farm about 150km (93 miles) south of the capital, Harare. This week the tobacco auction floors opened in Harare. The southern African country expects to sell a bumper harvest of the crop this year, Reuters news agency reports.