African women rising – Malawi's President Joyce Banda speaks during a meeting with Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, Malawi, on August 30.
Growing middle class – A cyclist rides past dozens of detached three-bedroom apartments in Ogun State, Nigeria on August 30.
Somalia's new government – Somalia's new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud delivers a speech on September 10 in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Ghana elections – Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress supporters carry a picture of Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama who was re-elected in early December.
Zambia's win – Zambia fans at the Stade d'Angondje celebrated wildly after their team's first win of the African Cup of Nations on February 12.