Last updated: 10 november, 2010 - 15:16 GMT

Africa Kicks Photography Exhibition - Gallery Three

Photographs selected by Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou

  • Board showing matches fixtures
    Welcome to San Siro: Africa has many make-believe stadiums named after their famous namesakes in Europe, such the San Siro in Nairobi's Kibera slum. Here, locals pay to watch international football, especially European leagues. (Credit: BBC’S Peter Musembi)
  • Fans crowded around a television
    No spare seat in the house: Fans watch an English Premier League match on TV in Cotonou, Benin. (Credit: George Osodi)
  • School children holding placards
    Timely reminder: With 20 days to go before the big kick-off, school pupils hold Nelson Mandela’s prison number - an indelible mark and reminder of his 27-year incarceration on Robben Island. (Credit: Vinoo Nydoo)
  • Boys playing vuvuzelas
    Long live, vuvuzela!: Four young boys make themselves heard at a fan park during the World Cup. (Credit: BBC’s Nomsa Maseko)
  • Two boys look at each other
    No paint, no fun: So what’s that on your face, pal? This photo was taken at the first Portuguese training session in South Africa. (Credit: Marco Alves)
  • A boy with his face painted
    Rainbow face: This boy, photographed during the opening match of the World Cup, knows all about nailing one’s colours to the mast, sorry, face. (Credit: BBC’s Nomsa Maseko)
  • A small crowd stares at a television
    Eagles on TV: A small crowd watches Nigeria vs Argentina on an equally small screen in Nigeria. (Credit: BBC’s Tomi Oladipo)
  • A boy takes a picture of a bus where Portugal player Deco can be seen through a window
    Lights, camera, action!: A young fan captures Portugal star Deco as he looks out the window of the team coach in South Africa. (Credit: Marco Alves)
  • A woman with the South African flag painted on her face
    Go, Bafana, go: A South African woman shows her true colours during the World Cup. (Credit: BBC’s Salim Kikeke)
  • A football game against Johannesburg’s  Hillbrow Tower backdrop
    Johannesburg players: Locals ignore the World Cup hype, for 90 minutes at least, and play a game of their own in the shadow of Johannesburg’s famous Hillbrow Tower. (Credit: BBC’s Goncalo De Carvalho)
  • Pelé unveils his painting - football boots and peanuts
    From peanuts to football: Pelé presenting his paintings in Jo'burg in the company of the South African painter Athol Moult... this one refers to his youth... selling peanuts! (Credit: BBC’s Goncalo De Carvalho)
  • Two painted cooling towers
    Twin towers: A view of the old cooling towers used at the Orlando Power Station in Soweto. Once dirtied by coal, the towers were re-painted ahead of the World Cup to to display the culture and traditions of South Africa’s most famous township. (Credit: BBC's Derrick Evans)

BBC World Service celebrates a great year of African football with photographs selected by Ivory Coast and Chelsea footballers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

Africa Kicks 2010 is an exhibition celebrating a great year for African football, as covered by BBC World Service in multimedia programming in both the run-up to and during the World Cup in South Africa. It includes images from the Africa Kicks project, during which the BBC’s multilingual team of journalists toured five West African countries, uncovering untold stories about the region which is home to some of the world’s best footballers – and taking pictures of the people, the places and experiences. The collection also features photography contributed by BBC listeners across Africa.

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