Throughout the year, BBC News website readers have been sending in their pictures of life in Africa. Marion Edwards took this photo of schoolchildren in Soweto.
This is one of the pictures that Dozie Okpalaobieri sent in of a traditional Igbo wedding in eastern Nigeria. After kola nuts are presented, the bride (c) makes her first appearance.
In response to a request for photographs depicting relaxation, Charles Onyeama sent in this snap of a man sleeping on a hot Friday afternoon on Fajara Beach in The Gambia.
And Yiannis Neophytou's photograph of boys in Ethiopia enjoying a game of table football was in response to a plea for snaps of children playing.
While Tanya Spronk said Eritrea's capital has some of the most beautiful art deco architecture. Pictured here is the Fiat Tagliero aeroplane-shaped petrol station.
Eddie Mackle sent this picture from Uganda of children playing with a home-made toy car - made from a plastic bottle and a cut up flip-flop.
After a debate on African beauty and style, Jane Wambui Wanjiku emailed this photo in saying: "If one talks of African beauty, then hairstyles are the one thing that go undisputed."
In this photograph, Shiang Pei Kuo captured a woman on the island of Likoma in Lake Malawi spreading butter on rolls just out of the oven at a bakery.
Sandra Ten Zijhoff took this picture of the Avenue of the Baobabs at sunset in Morondava, Madagascar. The trees attract many tourists to the small town.
Myoto Liyolo's photo of Congolese fisherman lowering baskets into roaring waters was part of a series of shots showing people at work in Africa.
For a celebration themed picture gallery, Josee Koch's image captures the spirit of Swaziland's Reed Dance - the country's annual event to celebrate Swazi womanhood.