Africa's top shots: 10-16 March 2017

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

A worker checks on a tobacco crop at the official opening of the 2017 tobacco selling season at the Boka Auction Floors in Harare, Zimbabwe, 15 March 2017. Image copyright EPA
Image caption A worker at a tobacco auction in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, checks the crop as the 2017 selling season gets under way on Wednesday.
A guard of honour of the Kenyan Army stand outside the parliament buildings in Nairobi on March 15, 2017, before Kenyan President"s final State of the Nation address Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is welcomed by a guard of honour before he delivers his state of the nation address in parliament.
B-Day J.J. Robert" greeting painted on his body as he jons a parade in commemoration of the 208th birth anniversary of Liberia"s first (and sixth) President Joseph Jenkins Roberts in Monrovia, Liberia, 15 March 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Also on Wednesday, in Monrovia, Liberians mark the birthday of the country's first president Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who was born in 1829.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (2nd R) and presidential Aide Yury Ushakov (R), receives diplomatic credentials from Benin"s ambassador to Russia Rene Coto Sounon during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 16, 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Benin's new ambassador in Russia Rene Coto Sounon is formally welcomed by President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony in the Kremlin on Thursday.
An Egyptian worker stands beside the unearthed statue that might be of revered Pharaoh Ramses II who ruled Egypt over 3,000 years ago, at the Matariya area in Cairo, Egypt, March 13, 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption An Egyptian man takes a break on Monday from the work to lift a newly discovered statue of a pharaoh in Cairo.
A South Sudanese participant joins the crowds during the National Prayers Day in Juba, South Sudan Friday, March 10, 2017. President Kiir called for the National prayers for repentance and forgiveness, although detractors criticised it as a political ral Image copyright AP
Image caption On Friday, a South Sudanese pastor in the capital, Juba, takes part in a day of national prayer for repentance and forgiveness.
Women carry food in gunny bags after visiting an aid distribution centre in Ngop in South Sudan"s Unity State on March 10, 2017. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) distributed food (maize, lentils, oil and corn soya blend) for more than 7,100 people in Ngop. South Sudan, Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day, women collect bags of food aid in the country's Unity State where famine was declared last month.
In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, residents look on as rescue efforts take place at the scene of a garbage landslide, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Image copyright AP
Image caption On Sunday, in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, anxious onlookers watch as rescuers try to find survivors after a landslide at the city's huge rubbish dump...
The coffin of one of those lost in the collapse of a mountain of trash at a garbage dump arrives for the burial, at the Gebrekristos church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, March 13, 2017 Image copyright AP
Image caption More than 100 people died in the disaster and on Monday the funeral of one of the victims takes place.
Nigeria"s President Muhammadu Buhari returns from a medical trip from London to Abuja, Nigeria March 10, 2017. Presidential Office/Handout Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is welcomed home in the capital, Abuja, on Friday from extended sick leave.
A released detainee hugs members of his family after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a pardon for 203 youths jailed for taking part in demonstrations, as part of a pledge he made months ago to amend a protest law, in front of the main gate of Tora Prison in Tora, Egypt March 14, 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Tuesday, an Egyptian, pardoned by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after he was convicted for taking part in demonstrations, is greeted outside the jail in Tora.
Residents cross flooded land and canal in Madagascar"s capital Antananarivo, on Friday, March 10, 2017, to collect fresh water. Cyclone Enawo hit land Tuesday Image copyright AP
Image caption People in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo collect water on Friday from a flooded area affected by cyclone Enawo.
A Marabou Stork defends its territory in Kitangela glass works outside Nairobi, Kenya, March 11, 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A Marabou Stork defends its territory from a nosey photographer in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Saturday.

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