Nobel Mwijukye, a second-year fine art student at Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda, sculpts his hand out of clay during class. Mwijukye aspires to be a renowned sculptor and hopes to teach fine art at Kyambogo University after he graduates.
Watson Mukute shaves Stanley Gonese in Luveve 5, a suburb of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Mukute, who has cut customers’ hair under this tree for about three years, uses an electric trimmer powered by a car battery. “Most of my clients prefer to have their haircuts done here,” Mukute says. “I am cheaper than barbers in the city, and one does not spend on transport going to the city to get a haircut and shave.”
John Lwanyonga (front) and Bosco Nsubuga, brickmakers in the Kyebando village of Uganda’s Wakiso District, throw mud at a kiln in which bricks are made. The mud helps trap the heat inside the kiln, which ensures that the bricks are of a high quality.
Zambian police officers remove their caps as a way to thank Stephen Kampyongo, the Minister of Home Affairs, for attending this year's Zambia Police Day commemoration. The commemoration took place in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, in the National Heroes Stadium.
An Air Tanzania airplane arrives at Zimbabwe’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport for the first time in nearly 20 years, resuming direct flight service from the Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam to Harare, Zimbabwe. The Feb. 22 flight, full of Tanzanian and Zimbabwean dignitaries, was greeted with this water cannon salute, as well as dancers.
Christine Makiyi (left) runs to compete with Miriam Maremba to sell roasted corncobs, locally known as mealie cobs, to customers on a highway outside of Harare, Zimbabwe. Makiyi has sold mealie cobs on this spot for more than 10 years, and Maremba for seven years.
Farmer Jeanne Marie Esiso picks amaranth with her children Enock Lombale, 3, and Exaucé Lombale, 10 months, in the Kabondo commune of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Esiso gathers the herb every day to sell at Kisangani’s central market.
Jolly Natuha collects rainwater in jugs, buckets and jerricans at her home in Nsumbi village, in Uganda’s Wakiso District. During the rainy season, Busingye and other Nsumbi residents depend on rainwater to save money on piped water.
Nadine Tshela (left), 9, and Thérèse Kingobe, 11, wash dishes and their laundry in the Konga Konga River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The girls do these chores at the river every day before school.
Elias Kabagambe (left) and Juliana Tumuhaise mash matooke while setting up for a party in Masheruka, a village in Uganda’s Sheema District. After mashing, the matooke is wrapped and left to steam and soften for three more hours.
In Kampala, Uganda, Obbo Lawrence sews a backpack at a studio called Banakibuga Street Minds, which he shares in a collective including seven other artists. Lawrence mixes cotton canvas and African fabrics to custom-make bags, which sell for between 100,000 Ugandan shillings ($27) and 350,000 Ugandan shillings ($95).
Precious Sakala (left to right), 15, her sister Chishimba, 12, and Barbara Mwanza, 15, jump to avoid wading through water on their way to school in N’gombe township, part of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Precious says she sometimes has to wade through the water when it rains heavily.
Schoolchildren from Zamba Primary School in the city of Mutare, Zimbabwe, perform a traditional dance during a national cleanup campaign event. In 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa named the first Friday of every month a national cleanup day. Zimbabwe’s first lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa, was a guest of honor at this event.
Simon Mwansa, 10, carries vegetables to sell to neighbors in Kalingalinga, a settlement in Lusaka, Zambia. Simon says he helps his mother sell the vegetables so they can afford his school requirements.
At the Uganda Museum in the capital of Kampala, participants in the Kampala Color Fun Run 2019 receive colored powder to wear and throw at one another. The 5-kilometer run-walk is a family event. Different colors were thrown on the participants after each kilometer.
Fred Sango pushes his brother Douglas Mukajanga as he waits his turn to swing in Kabumbi, a neighborhood in the municipality of Nansana in Uganda’s Wakiso District. The children in the community made this swing.
The Miss Culture Worldwide pageant features an introductory walk, in which contestants present their countries’ flags. The event was held at the Venue, a restaurant in Avondale, the central business district of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. The pageant, organized by Destination Marketing International, was created to promote Zimbabwean tourism, culture and history.
Travelers depart from the Port Bell Landing Site on Lake Victoria in Kampala, Uganda. Boaters and fishermen say that the lake is often overgrown with water hyacinth, a weed that hinders travel and hurts their businesses.
Methodias Atukwase (left) and Clephas Muhereza thresh their bean harvest in Nshenyi, a village in Uganda’s Isingiro District. They beat the crop to loosen the beans from the husks. It takes them three days to thresh one sack of beans.
Parents play with their children during the annual Shynea Uganda meeting at the Namirembe Resource Center in Kampala, Uganda. Shynea Uganda is an organization that helps children living with the medical conditions spina bifida and hydrocephalus. At the year-end meeting, parents and children discuss the ways they have managed challenges, exchange ideas and share the progress they’ve made.
Minzimbe Chona wears one of his reed hats to advertise his hat-making business in Zambia’s Mambwe District. “The body is my best advertiser,” says Chona. “When it looks good on me, certainly the buyer will know that it will look good on them too.”
Clemence Mashavira, 10, brings water from a community well in the Gimboki 3 neighborhood of Mutare, Zimbabwe. The area has no running water, so the residents of the communities have dug wells. They boil the water before use to prevent disease.