Africa in pictures: 22-28 August 2014

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

People in Osogbo in Osun state look out of a window at the those taking part in the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove Festival - Friday 22 August 2014

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….

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A woman in white with a traditional sword takes part in the  Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove Festival procession in Osun state, Nigeria - Friday 22 August 2014

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.

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Somali women with traditional swords at a cultural festival in Sanaa, Yemen - Sunday 24 August 2014

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

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Cry Havoc sculpture at the International Joburg Art Fair - Friday 22 August 2014

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.

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An open-air sculpture of a rhino and rifle scope seen in Cape Town - Sunday 24 August 2014

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.

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A wave splashing on to the promenade in Cape Town, South Africa - Sunday 24 August 2014

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

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L: Reverend Mpho Tutu and other take part in an ice bucket challenge  for charity in Cape Town on Friday R: Reverend Mpho Tutu pours a bucket of water over a statue of her father Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Friday 22 August 2014

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.

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Wrestler Ahmed Gueye from Senegal pours water on himself, Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Sunday 24 August 2014

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

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Wrestlers at Abidjan's sports palace, Ivory Coast - Sunday 24 August 2014

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

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Wrestler Dolf Saar from Senegal is covered with sand as he fights against Arouna Ali from Niger at Abidjan's sports palace, Ivory Coast - Sunday 24 August 2014

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

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Children with tyres look at an Ebola poster reading: "Let's apply the protective measures together" - Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sunday 24 August 2014

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...

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Sap drains into a cup at the rubber tree plantation near the capital Monrovia, Liberia - Sunday 24 August 2014

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...

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A woman cries at a treatment centre for Ebola near Monrovia, Liberia - Friday 22 August 2014

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.

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A woman films French President Francois Hollande on her mobile phone in Dzaoudzi on Mayotte - a French island territory - Friday 22 August 2014

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

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A crowd welcoming the French president in Mayotte - Friday 22 August 2014

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

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Papa Wemba (R) performing in Nairobi, Kenya - Sunday 24 August 2014

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

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One-man band Joshua Kamau, known as "Krack Wizz", entertains onlookers at  Kagemi market on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya - Wednesday 27 August 2014

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

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Kenya Airways Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, Nairobi, Kenya - Thursday 28 August 2014 - taken by the BBC's Peter Njoroge

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

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Zambian athlete Sydney Siame draped in the Zambian flag at the Summer Youth Olympic Games, China - Saturday 23 August 2014

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

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Models taking part in a fashion show in Lagos, Nigeria - Saturday 23 August 2014

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.

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Graca Machel receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Peace and Reconciliation award from Ela Gandhi - Durban, South Africa  - Thursday 28 August 2014

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.

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