A collection of the very best pictures from throughout and about Africa this 12 months:

Children playing on the seesaw at the Millennium park in Abuja, Nigeria - Monday 1 January 2018

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The New 12 months began with celebrations and these youngsters see-sawing in a park in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

A resident of Kenyan slum attempts to extinguish a fire that broke out in the at the Kijiji slums in the Lang'ata area of the capital, Nairobi - 28 January 2018

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A Kenyan slum was engulfed by fireplace later in January as residents used sewage water in a determined try to douse the flames.

George Weah (L) and his wife Clar Weah attend his presidential swearing-in ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia - 22 January 2018

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Ex-football star George Weah was sworn in as Liberia’s president in January, the nation’s first transition between democratically elected leaders since 1944.

A boy poses with a pillow shaped like lips on sale for Valentine's Day in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan, in Ivory Coast - 13 February 2018

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These pillow lips had been on the market in a market in Ivory Coast’s fundamental metropolis of Abidjan within the run-up to Valentine’s Day.

Supporters of the Zimbabwe opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) sing and play funeral drums outside the party's headquarters, in Harare following the death of veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai - 15 February 2018

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Supporters of Zimbabwe’s veteran opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai mourned his dying on the age of 65 in February.

Cosplayers watch the film Black Panther in 3D during a screening in Nairobi, Kenya - 14 February 2018

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Folks dressed up as Black Panther characters in Kenya watched a screening of the Marvel blockbuster that grossed $1bn (£787m) in 26 days in March.

A sheep wearing a medal after winning a prize in a contest in Misrata, Libya - March 2018

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A sheep was honoured in March with a medal after profitable a prize at a three-day public sale within the Libyan metropolis of Misrata.

Young Somali refugee women look at a smartphone as they stand together at Dadaab refugee complex, in the north-east of Kenya, on April 16, 2018.

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The following month, a gaggle of younger Somali ladies joked collectively in Kenya’s huge Dadaab refugee camp.

South African school children pause next to a portrait of the late South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her house in Soweto - 3 April 2018

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Additionally in April, South African schoolgirls had been pictured on the Soweto dwelling of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a day after the anti-apartheid activist died aged 81.

Soldiers of the 21st Motorized Infantry Brigade patrol in the streets of Buea, South-West Region of Cameroon - 26 April 2018

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Later within the month, troopers had been on patrol in considered one of Cameroon’s two English-speaking areas because the marketing campaign for independence turned violent.

Kenyan actress Sheila Munyiva (L) and Kenyan actress Samantha Mugatsia pose on May 9, 2018 during a photocall for the film "Rafiki" during the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France

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Actresses Sheila Munyiva (L) and Samantha Mugatsia had been on the Cannes Movie Pageant in Might for Rafiki, the Kenyan movie that was banned at dwelling due to its lesbian storyline.

A man smokes marijuana out of a bottle-neck pipe, joining about 1500 people as they protest in front of the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa - 5 May 2018

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A South African man smoked hashish at a protest in Might to demand its legalisation – which was granted in September to be used by adults in personal locations.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Zomo, Russia"s fan from Cameroon is pictured in the metro

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In June, soccer took over with the World Cup in Russia. This fan from Cameroon entertained metro commuters in Moscow…

Kenyans on bikes watch a football match on a giant screen in Nairobi - Tuesday 26 June 2018

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Later within the month, Kenyans watched Nigeria tackle Argentina on the World Cup on a display screen put in on a truck in Nairobi…

A crying Nigerian fan in Lagos, Nigeria - Tuesday 26 June 2018

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However this Lagos fan’s devastation after Argentina scored to win 2-1 summed up the sensation of many African followers…

Senegalese supporters watch the Senegal v Colombia match on a giant screen at a fanzone in Dakar, Senegal - Thursday 28 June 2018

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And in Senegal 1000’s watched the Lions of Taranga on a large display screen throughout a failed try to beat Colombia.

Horsemen ride in a choreographed cavalry charge during a Berber festival in Tan-Tan, Morocco - 8 July 2018

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In July, cavalry horsemen participated in a Berber competition in Tan-Tan in western Morocco.

Adisalem Abu, reacts as he embraces his twin daughters, after meeting them for the first time in eighteen years, at Asmara International Airport after arriving aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight in Asmara, Eritrea July 18, 2018.

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Later that month, an Ethiopian journalist met his daughters in Eritrea for the primary time in 16 years. He flew within the first industrial flight between the 2 nations in 20 years.

A woman takes part in celebrations for the return of the formerly banned anti-government group the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) at Mesquel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - 15 September 2018

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Ethiopia’s new prime minister has been behind some dizzying reforms this 12 months, together with the unbanning of the Oromo Liberation Entrance (OLF). This lady was amongst 1000’s to welcome again its exiled management to Addis Ababa.

A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election, Harare, Zimbabwe - 1 August 2018

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Six individuals had been killed in August after Zimbabwean troopers intervened to curb opposition protests two days after elections.

People display the portrait of Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa during Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium on April 18, 2018 in Harare. Zimbabwe on April 18 marked its first independence day without Robert Mugabe in power, with new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa vowing to hold 'credible' elections and turn around the southern African country's moribund economy.

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It was the primary vote since long-time chief Robert Mugabe was compelled to resign. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was declared the outright winner.

Bobi Wine surrounded by prison guards, one holding his hand, in court in Gulu, northern Uganda - Thursday 23 August 2018

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Ugandan opposition MP and musician Bobi Wine appeared in court docket on treason costs in August. He alleged he was badly overwhelmed by troopers throughout his time in custody.

A girl and her father at Eid prayers in Ibafo, Ogun state, Nigeria - Tuesday 21 August 2018

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In direction of the top of August, the Muslim competition of Eid al-Adha was celebrated. This Nigerian lady kneeled subsequent to her father throughout prayers in Ogun state.

A displaced girl plays in the Sudd Swamp near the town of Nyal, South Sudan - Sunday 19 August 2018

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Additionally in August, a South Sudanese lady performed in a swamp close to Nyal, the place her household now stay having fled their dwelling within the five-year civil struggle.

Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration during the release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan - 7 February 2018

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In September, rival leaders in South Sudan signed what they stated was a “ultimate ultimate” peace deal. This picture reveals youngster troopers being disarmed earlier within the 12 months.

A boy dances as drummers in traditional dress perform at the Accra International Conference centre where the body of the late Kofi Annan has been laid in state in Accra, Ghana, 11 September 2018

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Ghana bid farewell to Kofi Annan, the previous UN boss who died aged 80, amid elaborate funeral ceremonies within the capital, Accra, in September.

Women carrying drinks on their heads watch as the motorcade that carries the media covering U.S. first lady Melania Trump passes in Accra, Ghana, October 2, 2018

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The following month, these ladies in Accra appeared on because the motorcade for US First Woman Melania Trump glided by…

US First Lady Melania Trump takes a safari in Nairobi, Kenya, wearing a pith helmet - 5 October 2018

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Mrs Trump additionally took in Kenya on her journey, the place her resolution to put on a pith helmet on safari drew some criticism.

US Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is greeted by her husband's mother after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US - 6 November 2018

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In November, lhan Omar, who fled civil struggle in Somalia as a baby, turned the primary American-Somali to be elected to the US Congress.

Children have fun in a pile of cotton during the harvest in southern Mali - 25 November 2018

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Later within the month, these youngsters had enjoyable in a pile of cotton in the course of the harvest in southern Mali.

Young ballerinas from different schools perform a dance during a ballet street performance to showcase their skills in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya - Friday 30 November 2018

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A avenue efficiency by younger ballerinas impressed onlookers in Kenya’s Kibera slum additionally in November.

People sitting at a cafe in downtown Cairo, Egypt, with a mural depicting Liverpool FC's Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah painted in the background - 4 April 2018

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This is among the most photographed cafe’s in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, because of its large mural of Mohamed Salah, who gained BBC African Footballer of the 12 months in December.

A girl stands outside her one-room home in Medina neighbourhood, Dakar, Senegal - 11 December 2018

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This lady was photographed in December outdoors her one-room dwelling in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.

A South African diver feeds fishes dressed as Santa Claus at the uShaka Marine World in Durban - December 2018

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A South African diver dressed as Santa Claus fed fish at a marina in Durban forward of Christmas.

A supporter of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu reacts after police fire teargas in Kinshasa, DR Congo - 19 December 2018

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And the 12 months ended with elections within the Democratic Republic of Congo, the place protesters have been sad with delays and marketing campaign restrictions.

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