People crowded Kampala Road for the sixth Kampala City Festival, organized as part of Uganda’s independence celebration in October. This year, the theme was “Revel Diversity,” and the event celebrated the nation’s capital and its cultural and social life with entertainment that included performances by local musicians and comedians.
Busisiwe Sibanda prunes trees in her employer’s yard in Eloana, an area in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Sibanda cleans, cooks, washes, irons and maintains her employer’s garden to provide for herself and four children who live in rural areas outside the city.
Claudia Enzonzi Mbano, 27, one of the captains of the Bateau Emmanuel 3, skippers the boat across Lake Kivu, taking up to 100 passengers about 130 kilometers (81 miles) between Goma and Bukavu in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mbano, a recent graduate of Université du Lac Tanganyika in Bujumbura, Burundi, is the only woman among nearly 200 captains in command of boats on Lake Kivu.
Close family and friends of Thérèse Matandu gathered under a purple canopy in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sept. 26 for the funeral of the 70-year-old woman, who had passed away in a hospital six days earlier. Various people from throughout the community also attended to pay their last respects. It is common in Congolese culture for entire communities to attend funerals.
Fatuma Uwimana embroiders a bedsheet for soon-to-be brides while waiting for customers to approach her produce stand at the Gisenyi Market in Rwanda’s Rubavu district. Her stitched bedsheets take one month to make and cost 15,000 Rwandan francs (about $18).
Phindile Tshuma, from Famona, a suburb in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, registered to vote in early October for the 2018 elections, using the new biometric system that captures fingerprints. According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, 11,000 citizens so far have biometrically registered.
James Tendo danced as he whistled and blew the vuvuzela to attract customers on Oct. 6 to buy merchandise tied to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match the next day between the Uganda Cranes and the Ghana Black Stars football teams at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. Tendo’s items included Uganda Cranes jerseys, vuvuzelas, whistles and wristbands. The game ended in a draw. Uganda will compete again on Nov. 12 against the Congo Diables Rouges team.
Tour guide Bernard Tenywa (right) leads children from the Canossa St. Joseph Lweza Kindergarten in a moment of prayer at the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine, a Catholic church in Namugongo, a suburb of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. This faith-based tourism site, which is about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Kampala, is known for the killings of Ugandan Roman Catholic martyrs in 1885, after the king, Mwanga, decreed that they must denounce their faith or be burned alive.
Students ages 12 and 13, including Precious Verah (left), Patient Munemo (second from left) and Tanaka Chabuka (right), attend a grade 7 science class at the Shining Star Association’s educational facility in Caledonia, a settlement in Harare, Zimbabwe. The association offers free education to children who cannot afford school fees, from grade 1 to form 4 (equivalent to 11th grade).
Clovis Mutokambali, 30, works on a motorcycle in a repair garage that he and four friends started seven years ago in Kisangani, a northeastern city in Democratic Republic of Congo. Mutokambali owns his own motorcycle, which allows him to do repairs remotely. “When a client needs me, I jump on my motorcycle and find him where he is for a repair,” he says proudly.
Participants in the Bulawayo Street Carnival, celebrating World Tourism Day in Zimbabwe, marched in a parade in central Bulawayo on Sept. 27. The carnival opened the four-day annual Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo, a celebration of local artistic talent that will continue until Sept. 30.
People attending the 10th Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Kampala, Uganda, drink malwa, a local beer made of millet. This year’s festival, held Sept. 22 to 24, showcased work from Ugandan, German, South African and Colombian artists.
Runners toss powdered paint made of flour and food coloring during the Rotaract Color Run for Charity, hosted by the Rotaract Club of Bulawayo, on Sept. 23 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The event raised money for the Ebenezer Trust, which runs a soup kitchen in Thorngrove, a high-density suburb in Bulawayo.
Solange Mutumwinka is helped out of a boat at a public beach on Lake Kivu, after her marriage to Justin Munyentwari (top) in the Gisenyi Sector of Rwanda’s Rubavu District. Couples who wed in Gisenyi can take a boat ride after the ceremony to have their photos taken on Lake Kivu.
Members of Barefeet Theater wear butterfly costumes as they march in a carnival procession at this year’s Barefeet Youth Arts Festival in Lusaka, Zambia. Barefeet Theater hosts this annual festival, which uses art and performance to help bring attention to and provide support for vulnerable children in Zambia.
Fredrick King, 25, dances the bachata, a style originally from the Dominican Republic, with Roxane Smyth, 17, in Belgravia, an area of Harare, Zimbabwe. King teaches salsa, ballroom and bachata dance. He says these dances are not common among men in Zimbabwe.
Nathalie Mutala sews clothes for her clients, using the popular kitenge fabric, in Kisangani, a city in Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern region. Mutala, who is known locally for her innovative fashions, makes three to five garments per day.
Children from a nearby settlement called Kalikiliki swim in a pond that formed from standing water in Ibex Hill, a suburb in Lusaka, Zambia. The children say they have no other recreational facilities, so they play here, despite the dangers of standing water, which could include diseases such as bilharzia, an infection caused by parasitic worms.
Gomba County football team fans celebrate a goal against Ssingo County during the Airtel Masaza Cup at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. Gomba won the game 1-0. The annual football tournament features teams from the 18 counties that make up the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda.
Jennifer Tembo, 15, tightens a sack of charcoal at the Mtendere Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Jennifer says she started helping her parents with their charcoal business so she could make money to pay the fees required to go to school.
Saana Gateja shows his artwork, made from recycled paper beads and cloth, at his workshop in Lubowa, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Gateja tells stories with his art and aims to teach Uganda’s history and traditions through visual arts and crafts.
Hope Ayite does level 2 of a ropes challenge at Extreme Adventure Park in Busiika, a residential area about 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Kampala, Uganda. The park, which opened in 2014, provides outdoor activities that include the three-level ropes course, wall climbing, zip-lining, power jumps, bamboo rafting, a spider web-shaped climbing net and paintball.
A member of Langata Tegemeo, a community-based garbage cleanup organization in Southlands Kijijini, a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, sorts through trash. The group offers garbage collection services to help deal with littering and dumping.
Optician Justin Kaminsa (left) gives Jacqueline Banda a free eye exam at the Kalingalinga clinic in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. The Lions Club of Munali arranged for this health service because the organization felt that eye care was inaccessible to poorer members of Kalingalinga township.