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Africa in pictures: Colour purple

Girl wearing a purple jumper in Piswa, eastern Uganda  [Photo: Michelle McFatter]

Michelle McFatter's photograph of girl wearing a purple jumper, herding cattle with other children is the first in a series of shots of the colour purple in Africa sent in by BBC News website readers.

Purple tipped Protea flower in Stellenbosch, South Africa [Photo: Dennis Cunningham]

Dennis Cunningham took this photo of a Protea flower - South Africa's national flower - while on a visit to Stellenbosch in the Cape.

Girl hanging out cloth to dry in Mali, West Africa [Photo: Barry Perks]

Barry Perks took this picture of a young woman hanging out cloth that had just been dyed in Mali.

Purple flower at Riverside Campsite in Iringa, Tanzania [Photo: Ben Miller]

Ben Miller took this shot while travelling round the East African country of Tanzania with his wife, Melissa.

Aids orphaned teenager cooks for her siblings with purple basin behind her [Photo: Terry Sebastian]

Terry Sebastian was in Nigeria working on HIV/Aids projects when he met this teenager - she has cared for her entire family since her parents passed away. Behind her sits a purple basin.

Girl painting with a purple flower on her top in Kisii, Kenya [Photo: David Steggall]

David Steggall snapped this Kenyan girl, wearing a top with a purple flower on it, without her even noticing - she was too busy painting.

Purple sky over Lake Malawi [Photo: Janine Jefferies]

This magical shot of clouds drifting through the sky over Lake Malawi was taken by Janine Jefferies.

Bee flying into a purple lily flower on of the small lakes on Mafia Island, Tanzania [Photo: Leejiah Dorward]

Whilst on Tanzania's Mafia Island, Leejiah Dorward came across a bee visiting one of the striking flowering lily pads.

Schoolchildren wearing purple uniforms in Bugiri district in eastern Uganda [Photo: Kristen Mbabazi]

These schoolchildren dressed smartly in purple uniforms were snapped by Kristen Mbabazi in eastern Uganda.

Purple flowered trees in Mpumalanga, South Africa [Photo: Stefan Kuna]

Stefan Kuna took this photo in South Africa's Mpumalanga province whilst driving from Johannesburg to Maputo, the capital of neighbouring Mozambique.

Lady bending over pots in Nigeria [Photo: Mathias Schwartz Kirkegaard]

A woman dressed in lilac hard at work was captured by Mathias Kirkegaard in Nigeria. For future galleries send in your pictures of fast food and fire in Africa to


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