See some pictures from the Christmas and New Year celebrations across the continent. Presentational white space

Fire poi performers entertain the crowds as the festival waits for midnight to celebrate the New Year during the annual AfricaGrow Festival of Friends, in the Wilderness, with closest town being Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, 31 December 2019
At the same time in South Africa, performers at the AfricaGrow festival also play with fire…Presentational white space

A man dances at a new year celebration event in Lagos, Nigeria December 31, 2019.
In Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, a man dances as he celebrates the start of 2020…Presentational white space

Worshippers are seen celebrating the cross-over into the year 2020 during new year celebrations at Living Faith Church in Abuja, Nigeria January 1, 2020
Other Nigerians opt for church rather than the club as a place to mark the start of a new decade.Presentational white space

Sudanese civilians hug each other after the sentencing of 27 members of the national intelligence service to death by hanging over the killing of a teacher in detention in February during protests that led to the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir
On Monday, crowds celebrate in the Sudanese city of Omdurman after a court sentenced 29 intelligence officers to death for the torture and killing of a teacher.Presentational white space

Egyptian police cadets take part in a training session at a police academy in the capital Cairo on December 30, 2019.
In neighbouring Egypt, on the same day, police cadets lose their shirts as they take part in training…Presentational white space

Egyptian police cadets take part in a training session at a police academy in the capital Cairo on December 30, 2019
They also get to show off their skills at the police academy in Cairo.Presentational white space

Supporters of presidential candidate Domingos Simoes Pereira (DSP) from the traditional ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) attend a rally at Nino Correa stadium in Bissau, on December 27, 2019, ahead of the December 29 poll. - Voters in Guinea-Bissau are being called out to cast their ballots in a presidential runoff on December 29, capping a year of turmoil in the poor, coup-prone West African state. After months of acrimony, people are being asked to choose between two former prime ministers - Domingos Simoes Pereira, from the traditional ruling PAIGC party, and opposition figure Umaro Sissoco Embalo.
On Friday, supporters of Guinea-Bissau ruling party candidate Domingos Simoes Pereira attend a rally ahead of the presidential run-off vote.Presentational white space

Helpers arrange cups with black coffee and milk coffee to create a mosaic depicting the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun"s death mask outside the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), in Giza, Greater Cairo, Egypt, 28 December 2019. Media reports state that Guinness World Records organized the event to celebrate Egypt for "breaking the world record with a picture of King Tutankhamun"s mask" by using a total of 7,260 cups of coffee. The mosaic was meant as a "symbol of love and greeting" according to an Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiques statement. The museum is scheduled to present its full Tutankhamun collection by the end of 2020.
Egyptian volunteers arrange cups with black and white coffee on Saturday to create a mosaic depicting Pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask…Presentational white space

People stand beside a model of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun"s death mask made from coffee cups at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt December 28, 2019.
The elaborate mosaic was displayed outside the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Greater Cairo.Presentational white space

Man pouring water

In a trendy cafe in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday barista Filimon Tesfaselassie prepares a cup of coffee.Presentational white space

Man with a horse
On one of Lagos' beaches a horse is dressed up for New Year on Wednesday.


People attend a demonstration against eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar and in support of the UN-recognised government of national accord (GNA) in the Martyrs" Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on December 27, 2019
On Friday, Libyans take to the streets in the capital, Tripoli, to show support for the UN-recognised government.

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