Musician Tariro ne Gitare (left) gives guitar lessons to students at St. Peter’s Secondary School Mbare in Harare, Zimbabwe. She started an initiative that offers free weekly lessons to nurture musical talent among students who had not had access to instruments.
Mirriam Zulu, an entrepreneur, makes waist beads and other beaded jewelry for women at the Mtendere Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Waist beads are used to detect weight gain, and other types of beaded jewelry can convey status or act as a form of intimate communication between husband and wife. Zulu’s business blends beading traditions with more modern necklaces and bracelets.
Boys and young men play video games at the Unique Barbershop in Harare, Zimbabwe, a barbershop and gaming center housed inside an old bus. The shop attracts five or six customers a day for haircuts and many others who come to play video games. Customers pay 10 cents for five minutes of playing time.
Vendors Simon Phiri (left) and Amon Kabamba sell a variety of items before the start of the Zambia-Egypt football game during the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, held at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Vendors seized the opportunity to sell merchandise with Zambia’s national colors, including plastic trumpets commonly known as vuvuzelas. Zambia hosted the games from Feb. 26 through March 12.
Wishes Mukungurutse, in the driver’s seat, prepares to transport customers in a decorated commuter bus in and around Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Commuter bus operators often decorate their vehicles to display their trademarks and attract customers.
Rowers from the participating counties within the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda race boats during the annual Royal Regatta on Lake Victoria. The tradition of boat racing among the kingdom’s residents has been around for centuries, local officials say, and it helps the community to celebrate its culture and to emphasize unity. This race took place in February.
Aggrey Daka, 85, (left) plays a traditional Zambian game known as “nsolo” with his friends at a shelter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Daka, who stays at the shelter, and his friends say that playing the game today reminds them of when they played as young men, in the “good old days.”
Tinashe Mangwiro, an informal parking attendant, directs motorists to available parking bays in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Mangwiro says he earns between $5 and $10 per day in tips, a sum that supports his family.
Vehicles and pedestrians stand where the Mtshabezi River flooded across Gwanda-Bulawayo road in late January in Gwanda, Zimbabwe. The Gwanda-Bulawayo road is a major thoroughfare used by mine workers, but others, including schoolchildren, were also trapped on one side and unable to return home later that night.
Justin Gakuru, who lives in Nkama village, crosses the Sebeya River on water pipes that connect with Rugerero, another village in Rwanda’s western Rubavu district. The pipes provide the closest link between the two communities.
A public dump site in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, sits near lodges and shopping complexes in a commercial area. Health officials say such sites are a factor in current outbreaks of typhoid and cholera. Health Minister David Parirenyatwa noted in a January press release that insufficient waste collection services in the city, paired with inadequate water supply and poor response time to blocked sewers, were causing the outbreaks.
Bongani Ndlovu, left, digs holes while his brothers Themba Moyo, middle, and Silas Ndlovu, right, plant maize by dropping the seeds and using their feet to cover the hole with soil. The brothers’ field, pictured in January, is located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. People plant maize during the rainy season, which generally takes place between November and April, using naturally treated organic seed. Genetically-modified seeds aren’t allowed in Zimbabwe.
Ticharwa Shingirai positions a cue ball, aiming to hit a red ball into a corner pocket. Shingirai and his friends are known as “touts” for their work shooing passengers into public transport buses in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Here, they play billiards as they wait for another rush of commuters.
Daniel Moyo sprays insecticide provided to him by the Zambian government on his maize field in Chilanga, a farming area within the capital city. The 5-acre field was attacked by armyworms, small, black, striped caterpillars that feast on crops. The pests have appeared in increasing numbers around Zambia, alarming Vice President Inonge Wina, who says they might threaten food security if they’re not eradicated.
Alfred Mutua, 26, waits for customers in the Umoja One area in Nairobi County, Kenya, where he sells water, in early January. The Kenyan government introduced water rationing in the capital city in response to a water shortage, which increased demand for Mutua’s water. He now sells 18 liters (4.75 gallons) of water for 50 Kenyan shillings (48 cents), up from last month’s price of 20 shillings (19 cents).
Rainy season in Zambia regularly brings flooding in Lusaka because of poor drainage in the capital city. But intrepid entrepreneurs see an opportunity to earn money when floodwater fills the streets: These men set up tires and other objects to allow pedestrians to, for a fee, traverse the flooded area without stepping into the water.
Activists marched in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, to promote women’s rights on Sat., Jan. 21, the same day that similar marches occurred in major U.S. cities and around the world. The marches in the U.S. and elsewhere were held, in part, in response to the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
From left, Thomas Mwanza, 14, Kuwala Mwango, 12, Sandra Tembo, 14 and Anna Simasiku, 13, carry 20-liter containers of water more than five kilometers to draw water in rural Zambia. They say they sometimes miss school because they must fetch water for their families. More than a third of all Zambians do not have easy access to clean water, according to UNICEF, the U.N.’s child advocacy agency. The stream nearest the village where these children live is contaminated because it is used by animals, Thomas says.
A bride and groom pose on their wedding day in Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in Democratic Republic of Congo. Many Congolese couples live together without being married because they can’t afford a wedding. Congo Men’s Network, which works with men to end gender-based violence and other problems, coordinated marriage ceremonies for about two dozen couples by paying their administrative fees.
Kahingo Bauma Amida, a former fighter with the Patriotic Alliance for a Free and Sovereign Congo, also known as the APCLS, an armed rebel group, stands with her baby in Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. She joined the group when she was just 12 years old. She was captured by government forces and taken to a military training camp, where she lived for three years. Now 23 years old, she lives in Goma, but says she hasn’t received any assistance from the government to build her life there.
An elderly woman carries a bag of potatoes in the Masisi area of Democratic Republic of Congo. U.N. peacekeepers keep watch behind her. Many elderly people have lost children during ongoing conflict in this country, and therefore struggle to survive.
Leslie Moyo, a second-hand clothes seller who works along Park Street in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, arranges his wares. Widespread unemployment has pushed people to launch temporary, open-air boutiques throughout the city.
Boys and young men on bicycles hang onto a truck for a free ride in Cyangugu, a city in western Rwanda near the Democratic Republic of Congo border. They’re among the many people who travel from surrounding villages to bring goods to sell at Cyangugu’s markets. It’s common for the bicyclists to grab on to trucks when they get tired, but the practice often leads to accidents.