Michael Mvunga (left) plays the role of Jesus during the stage where Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem in “The Way of the Cross,” a Catholic devotion performed on Good Friday at St. Ignatius Parish in Lusaka, Zambia. “The Way of the Cross” demonstrates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth. Individuals move from station to station to recite specific prayers and meditate on Christ's last day.
Bernard Lukusa (left to right), Fabien Kimoni, and Eric Kasongo, hold black belts to honor their fellow martial artist Francois Alauwa, who recently passed away. The friends of the deceased gather at Espace Boyomais in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The provincial government provided the space for families to mourn their loved ones, pay their respects and perform karate demonstrations.
Dingilizwe Sithole, 12, skips rope during a game of “fish fish” with his neighbors, Trymore Manzou, 11, left, and Trust Mufara, 11. The boys play this popular local game after Sunday church on a street outside their homes in Sakubva, a township of Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Charlene Mangweni portrays Ruwadzano, a character who resorts to unorthodox methods to have a child, on the opening night of the play “Ukama,” staged at Theatre In The Park in the Harare Gardens in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mangweni also plays the role of Michelle, a sex worker trying to make ends meet. “Ukama,” which means “relations” in the Shona language, has been nominated for three merit awards from the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe this year.
Children from the Kalingalinga township in Lusaka, Zambia, play with rented tires. One of the children’s parents, noticing the lack of nearby recreational facilities, rents the tires for them, paying 0.5 Zambian kwacha (around 4 cents) an hour.
Children play various games organized by the Scotch Scotch Bhaza organization in the Nketa suburb of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The organization, named after a phrase often heard when children play hopscotch, promotes inclusivity in children’s sports and play for children of all abilities.
Jean Matulu, 10, goes fishing in a canoe on the right bank of the Tshopo River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Jean practices fishing every day after school, hoping to catch even bigger fish to sell.
Victor Musarurwa, popularly known as DJ Moto Kupisa, entertains guests at a restaurant in the city center of Mutare, Zimbabwe. Musarurwa sings and DJs while dancing to the music he plays on the speaker he wears. When not performing, he sells CDs and emcees events.
Mercy Sakala (right), 11, and her brother Mpumulo, 9, play a board game called draft, also known as checkers, in their home in Bauleni Compound in Lusaka, Zambia. The children say the game helps them with critical thinking.
Children play football with a handmade ball in a vacant lot in their neighborhood in Bweyogerere, a township in Uganda’s Wakiso District. They gather to play their own version of football on the weekends, usually with around five to seven players.
Tafadzwa Mazanhi (left) and Kim Dingaan sit at a scenic overlook called Prince of Wales on a road in the Vumba Mountains to the southeast of Mutare, Zimbabwe, carving stone. The overlook is popular with tourists and locals who purchase stone works from the sculptors.
Farmer Sophie Mayaza travels by canoe to sell the produce she grows in bulk to resellers on the other side of the Tshopo River, commonly known as the “left bank,” about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the city of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The resellers sell the produce at various small markets in neighboring villages.
Ricky Tembo (left) teaches defense techniques to Buhlebenkosi Mlilo during a self-defense class in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. “As women, we should know how to defend ourselves when the need arises,” says Mlilo.
Emmanuel Choto, 8, a student at King George VI, a school for children who are disabled or show signs of autism, rides a horse at Gumtree Farm in Willsgrove, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. “We have two sessions every week for the KGVI children,” says Aileen Johnstone (not pictured), a coordinator at Healing With Horses. “The horse therapy makes it fun for the children and also relaxes their body muscles.”
Agatte Mapera collects some stones with her grandchildren in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Mapera crushes stones into gravel to sell to local construction companies. She fills about one truckload per week.
Goreti Nalubega molds clay to make stove liners that reduce the amount of charcoal needed to cook in Bweyogerere, a township in the Kira municipality just outside of Kampala, Uganda. Nalubega makes the stove liners with fellow members of the Kwagala group, a group for single mothers. They each make over 100 stove liners per day and sell them for 500 Ugandan shillings (14 cents) each.
Jason Pedzeni (from left), leads a traditional Ndau dance called Mchongoyo, with his siblings Kesia Pedzeni and Elisha Pedzeni, during a practice session in the village of Chikore in Chipinge, Zimbabwe. In Ndau culture, it is the responsibility of the elders to lead the youth by example in traditional practices and customs.
Nansereko Cecilia (left) and Kabatoro Phiona winnow coffee beans at a processing plant of Qualicoff, a coffee company in Kampala, Uganda. Winnowing increases the bean’s quality by removing chaff, or the pulp and skin.
Yvonne Kwaedza (from left), Grace Chikata and Rudo Moyana wash their dishes and clothes under a bridge at the Mazowe River at Hamilton Farm, near the town of Glendale, Zimbabwe. The women live in farming communities that do not have a water supply, so they turn to the river when they need to wash their clothes.
Jean Rino Malondo crosses a small river locally known as Kikongo, transporting bamboo 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the area of Simesta to sell to customers in downtown Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malondo uses a bicycle and a homemade bamboo boat to take the bamboo across the river. He has been collecting and selling bamboo for 19 years.
Nanyonga Assumpta (left) and Mpirirwe Jackline strain a mixture of ghee (clarified butter), rock salt and tiny pieces of roasted meat to make eshabwe, a cream often served to the bride and groom during traditional marriage ceremonies in western Uganda. The cream must be made in a clean and quiet environment, so these women were hired to prepare it in a bedroom.
Ronald Sgeca (right) and Cadrick Msongelwa perform a scene of a play where prisoners sing as they engage in manual labor, a common practice in local prisons in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The play, performed in the Bulawayo Amphitheatre, addresses the hard labor, language and hierarchy experienced in Zimbabwean prisons. The two-man show, staged by actors who have not served time in prison, is called Zandezi and produced by the Zimbabwe Theatre Academy.
Entertainers and stilt-walkers Agaba January (left) and Kazoora Ronald, known as the Jungle Boys, read funny news articles while performing at Buy Uganda Build Uganda, a campaign promoting national businesses at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city of Kampala. One of their made-up news articles reads, "The citizens of Bwaise are collecting money to buy diapers for dressing up their ducks which litter the city."