Africa in pictures: 22-28 August 2014

  • 29 August 2014
  • From the section Africa

A selection of photographs from around the African continent this week:

People gather at a window on Friday to watch those taking part in the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove Festival in the south-western Nigerian state of Osun. The annual event to worship the traditional Yoruba river god Osun is held each August and attracts thousands of devotees and tourists….

Osun represents female sexuality and artists - and is believed to aid fertility. This woman taking part in the procession has her hair in the crested "agogo" style, which means she is married. The traditional sword she is carrying is believed to aid in warding off evil. The virgin forest on the edge of Osogbo, with its shrines to traditional deities, is a Unesco world heritage site.

On Sunday, Somali women with traditional swords perform in the week-long summer cultural festival taking place in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

The artwork Cry Havoc by South African artist Mary Sibande is pictured at the International Joburg Art Fair in Johannesburg on Friday. Sibande's sculptures have previously focused on a figure called Sophie, a domestic worker, usually dressed in blue. She told the Mail and Guardian newspaper last year that she was now moving onto the colour purple, often associated with privilege and riches. "Colour is important in South Africa - we make it important. Colour places you, colour tells where you are within the geography of South Africa," she said.

An open-air sculpture of a rhino and rifle scope are on display in the South African city of Cape Town, pictured here on Sunday. More than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2013 by poachers.

Also on Sunday, children run away from waves that crash into the promenade in Cape Town.

Reverend Mpho Tutu, the daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, takes part in an ice bucket challenge for charity in Cape Town on Friday. Afterwards, she pours some icy water over her father's statue.

The third stage of the West African wrestling tournament continued on Sunday. Here Ahmed Gueye from Senegal prepares for a fight...

It has been taking place at the sports square in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan...

Mid-fight another contestant from Senegal is covered in sand in a match against an opponent from Niger.

On the same day in Abidjan, children look at a poster warning of the dangers of the Ebola virus. Ivory Coast has no Ebola cases but has been taking preventative measures like closing its borders with Guinea and Liberia - two of the countries worst affected by the outbreak...

In Liberia on Sunday, sap drains into a cup at the rubber tree plantation near the capital Monrovia. It is adjacent to Dolo Town, a community which is under quarantine because of the outbreak...

More than 1,500 have died in the outbreak - the deadliest to date. Here a woman waits on Friday at an Ebola treatment centre near Monrovia for news of her husband who was earlier admitted with signs of the virus.

On the same day, French President Francois Hollande walks in a crowd of well wishers in Dzaoudzi on Indian Ocean island of Mayotte...

… Mayotte is a French overseas territory but is part of the Comoros archipelago.

Congolese singer Papa Wemba , known as "the King of Rumba Rock", performs at a festival in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Friday.

On Wednesday, one-man band Joshua Kamau, known as "Krack Wizz", entertains onlookers at Kagemi market on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Kenya Airways Captain Irene Koki Mutungi celebrates at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Thursday after delivering the company's fourth Dreamliner aeroplane.

At the Summer Youth Olympic Games in China on Saturday, Sydney Siame of Zambia celebrates after winning the men's 100m final.

On the same say, models take part in a regional fashion show organised by the Economic Community of West Africa in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

And Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela, receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Peace and Reconciliation award in Durban on Thursday from Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of India's independence hero, who worked as a lawyer in South Africa for two decades.