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Africa's week in pictures: 2 - 8 February 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.

Two young women are seen ahead of a welcoming ceremony for first year students on February 3, 2018 in Beni. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Two young women are seen ahead of a welcoming ceremony for students on Saturday in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...
A young man is seen ahead of a welcoming ceremony for first year students on February 3, 2018 in Beni... Image copyright AFP
Image caption This sharp dresser was also at the event in the town of Beni.
Students are seen during a welcoming ceremony for first year students on February 3, 2018 in Beni. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The newly enrolled university students are all entering their first year of study.
An employee poses with a work of art by Nigerian painter and sculptor Ben Enwonwu entitled 'Tutu' expected to realise 200,000-300,000 GBP (278000-417,000 USD) at auction in Bonhams auction house London on February 7, 2018. Tutu, a recently rediscovered portrait of the Ife royal princess Adetutu Ademiluyi painted in 1974 by the Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu, leads Bonhams Africa Now sale in London on February 28. The painting, one of a series of three versions, once thought lost came to light after having gone unseen for decades in a north London flat. The whereabouts of the other two versions remains a mystery. Image copyright AFP
Image caption This missing masterpiece - by Nigerian painter and sculptor Ben Enwonwu - was found in "a modest London flat" and is expected to fetch up to £300,000 ($417,000) at auction.
An African child stands behind a sign during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Rwanda in the Israeli city of Herzliya on February 7, 2018, against the Israeli government's policy to forcibly deport African refugees and asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda. Israel began on January 3 implementing a plan to deport by April tens of thousands of African migrants, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, who entered the country illegally, threatening to arrest those who stay. Israel tacitly recognises that the Sudanese and Eritreans cannot be returned to their dangerous homelands, so it has signed deals with Rwanda and Uganda, which agree to accept departing migrants on condition they consent to the arrangement, activists say. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On Thursday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Rwandan embassy in the Israeli city of Herzeliya to protest against tough new migration laws which many have deemed anti-African.
Staff work in a control during a news program at NTV studios in Nairobi on February 6, 2018. The Government disconnected three major Kenyan television channels, NTV, KTN News and Citizen TV, during their live coverage of Raila Odinga as he swore himself in on January 30, 2018, as "people"s president," despite losing in flawed elections last year. NTV and KTN News resumed broadcasts yesterday but Citizen TV remains to broadcast on internet only. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption NTV journalists broadcast from their studios in Kenya on Tuesday, a day after the network was allowed back on air along with KTN News. A third channel, Citizen TV, has also been reinstated - all three had been taken off air for broadcasting opposition leader Raila Odinga's mock inauguration as "people's president".
Nigeria's women's bobsleigh and skeleton team members Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Simidele Adeagbo attend a welcoming ceremony for the team in the Olympic Village in Pyeongchang ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 6, 2018. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day, Nigeria's women's bobsleigh and skeleton team members Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Simidele Adeagbo pose for the cameras during the welcoming ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
A Hindu devotee places fruit to decorate her 'Kavadi' (symbolic burden) during the annual Hindu Thaipoosam Kavady festival held at Shree Emperumal Hindu Temple in Mount Edgecombe township, some 42 kms north of Durban on February 3, 2018. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On Saturday, a worshipper prepares for the annual Hindu Thaipoosam Kavady festival near Durban in South Africa...
A Hindu devotee gets her body hooked with spikes, lime, coconuts,fruits and flowers during the annual Hindu Thaipoosam Kavady festival held at Shree Emperumal Hindu Temple in Mount Edgecombe township, some 42 kms north of Durban on February 3, 2018 Image copyright AFP
Image caption As part of the ceremony, devotees pin their bodies with spikes carrying coconuts, fruits and flowers - representing a symbolic burden.
Rastafarian Reggae fans gather at the start of the Bob Marley Earthday Festival and Rasta Fair at the South Beach in Durban, on February 3, 2018. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day in Durban, Rastafarian reggae fans gather for the Bob Marley Earthday Festival and Rasta Fair.
A woman takes a photo inside the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings on the Giza plateau in Cairo that was unveiled on February 3, 2018 after being discovered during excavation work in Giza's western cemetery by a team of Egyptian archaeologists. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters the tomb belong to Hatpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility who assisted women in childbirth. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Also on Saturday, a visitor to a recently discovered tomb on the Giza plateau in Cairo captures the well-preserved and rare wall paintings.
Supporters of the African National Congress Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hold placards and chant slogans outside the ANC party headquarter in Johannesburg, on February 5, 2018, during a demonstration to protest against South African President and ANC member Jacob Zuma. Senior members of South Africa's ANC party will hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss whether President Jacob Zuma should stay in office after he reportedly refused to resign. Some African National Congress (ANC) members are pushing for Cyril Ramaphosa, the new head of the party, to replace Zuma as president immediately. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On Monday in South Africa, supporters of governing ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa hold placards and chant slogans outside party headquarters in Johannesburg, calling on embattled President Jacob Zuma to leave office.
Senegalese guard of honor waits at the airport for the arrival ceremony of French President Emmanuel Macron at the airport on Febuary 2, 2018, in Dakar. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On Friday, a Senegalese guard of honour waits at the airport for a ceremony to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to Dakar...
Barbadian singer Rihanna attends the conference 'GPE Financing Conference, an Investment in the Future' organised by the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar on February 2, 2018. The French and Senegalese presidents are co-hosting a conference organised by the Global Partnership for Education, aimed at pressuring donors to finance the education of a quarter of a billion children worldwide who are currently out of school, while Rihanna is attending as a global ambassador for the organisation. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Pop singer Rihanna and the French president both attended a summit for the Global Partnership for Education in the Senegalese capital.
A rescued miner gestures out a bus window carrying some of the hundreds of miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine shaft number 3 where nearly 1,000 miners were trapped underground following a power outage, in Theunissen on February 2, 2018. Hundreds of gold miners among almost a thousand trapped underground for more than a day in South Africa following a power-cut resurfaced on February 2, mining company Sibanye Gold said, as a rescue effort moved into full swing. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day, a relieved miner waves out of the window of a moving bus after more than 900 miners were trapped underground following a power cut in Theunissen, South Africa.
A prison warden stands guard at the Oukacha prison in Casablanca on February 2, 2018. Image copyright AFP
Image caption While on Friday, a warden stands guard at the Oukacha prison in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.

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