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In pictures: Signs of Africa

A hut in Uganda decorated with the slogans "The Gunners" and "Arsenal" (Photo: BBC News website reader Moses Rubn Omilia)

Moses Rubn Omilia's photo of an Arsenal football supporter's home in Uganda is the first in a series of pictures taken of different signs in Africa and sent in by BBC News website readers.

A sign reading "Welcome to the Old Trafford Beauty Saloon" in The Gambia. (Photo: Stella Joseph, in Brikama, Gambia (Photo: BBC News website reader Stella Joseph)

Africa's craze for the English Premiership is captured in Stella Joseph's shot of a salon, or saloon, in the Gambian town of Brikama, where one wonders if only Manchester United fans will be served.

A sign for a hair salon in Ghana reading "The Lord is My Shepherd Salon" (Photo: BBC News website reader Claire Jaquin)

Claire Jaquin sent in this photograph of an advertisement for a salon in Elmina, in Ghana, where clients may wish to say a prayer before having their hair done.

A sign in South Africa by a maize field reading, "Warning, If you stole my maize, I pull your teeth"   (Photo: BBC News website reader Stuart Schaum)

This warning, snapped by Stuart Schaum in South Africa on the way up to the Mozambican border, will give would-be maize thieves something to chew over.

Sign in Worcester, South Africa reading: "No hooting please. Chickens resting" (Photo: BBC News website reader Etienne Van Straaten)

Way down in the south-west of South Africa, chicken farmers show their caring side for restful fowl in this plea to motorists, taken by Etienne Van Straaten in Worcester.

Warning sign of a hippo (Photo: BBC News website reader Marguerite Duponchel )

There are signs across the continent warning motorists about out-of-the-ordinary animals, as Marguerite Duponchel found on a visit to South Africa, where she took this shot near Blyde River Canyon.

A sign outside a Congolese bar saying, "No weapons" (Photo: BBC News website reader Edward Roberts)

Outside a bar in the city of Goma, eastern Democratic of Republic of Congo, drinkers are warned not to come in armed. "The need for this notice says a lot about the place," says Edward Roberts.

A sign on a dirt pavement reading,  "Keep off the grass"  (Photo: BBC News website reader Arthur Buliva)

Arthur Buliva took this picture in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, where the warning appears to be more wishful thinking by town planners.

A sign on a hotel in Uganda reading, "Hilton Hotel" (Photo: BBC News website reader David Gommeren)

This Hilton Hotel in elegant decline and all its faded glory was photographed by David Gommeren at Mount Elgon in Uganda, near the border with Kenya.

A poster in Zambia reading: "Sex is like being on the Zambezi River just above the falls" (Photo: BBC News website reader Georgina Sumner)

Georgina Sumner sent in this photograph of a poster literally plastered to the walls of a hospital in Zambia warning of the dangers of sex.

An "anti-corruption suggestion box" pictured in Kenya (Photo: BBC News website readers Richard and Heather Vine)

This picture sent in by Heather Vine was taken on the ferry from Mombasa to Likoni in Kenya.

JK Stores Bookshop in Machos, Kenya (Photo: BBC News website reader Ed Deitzler)

This bookshop in Machakos, Kenya, pictured by Ed Deitzler, appears also to sell cows. For a future gallery send in pictures of shadows in Africa to yourpics@bbc.co.uk, with "Africa" in the subject.



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