In pictures: Muhammad Ali’s love affair with Africa

Muhammad Ali was idolised across Africa for his prowess in the boxing ring and for championing the rights of black people. Ahead of his funeral on Friday, the BBC looks at his relationship with the continent:

Ali embarked on his first African tour in 1964, saying: "I want to see Africa and meet my brothers and sisters." His visit began in Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence from a European power.
Ali embarked on his first African tour in 1964, saying: “I want to see Africa and meet my brothers and sisters.” His visit began in Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence from a European power.
"I am glad to tell our people that there are more things to be seen in Africa than lions and elephants. They never told us about your beautiful flowers, magnificent hotels, beautiful houses, beaches, great hospitals, schools, and universities," he said.
“I am glad to tell our people that there are more things to be seen in Africa than lions and elephants. They never told us about your beautiful flowers, magnificent hotels, beautiful houses, beaches, great hospitals, schools, and universities,” he said.
His itinerary included Nigeria, Africa's most populous state, where crowds welcomed him with chants of "king of the world".
His itinerary included Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state, where crowds welcomed him with chants of “king of the world”.
The African trip came in a historic year for Ali - he defeated Sonny Liston to become world champion, dropped his "slave name" of Cassius Clay and converted to Islam.
The African trip came in a historic year for Ali – he defeated Sonny Liston to become world champion, dropped his “slave name” of Cassius Clay and converted to Islam.
He fused politics and religion, giving the black power salute while shouting in Arabic "God is great" at the pyramids in Cairo.
He fused politics and religion, giving the black power salute while shouting in Arabic “God is great” at the pyramids in Cairo.
He visited Egypt again in 1986. He once said that if a boxer was to be big, he had to be a Muslim "or else he won't get to nations like Indonesia, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, and Turkey - those are all countries that don't usually follow boxing".
He visited Egypt again in 1986. He once said that if a boxer was to be big, he had to be a Muslim “or else he won’t get to nations like Indonesia, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, and Turkey – those are all countries that don’t usually follow boxing”.
He visited Sudan in 1988, four years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, to spread the message of Islam as a religion of peace. Here he prays in a Sufi mosque in Khartoum.
He visited Sudan in 1988, four years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, to spread the message of Islam as a religion of peace. Here he prays in a Sufi mosque in Khartoum.
South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela, who had also been a boxer, once said: "Muhammad Ali was not just my hero, but the hero of millions of young, black South Africans because he brought dignity to boxing." The pair met in 2005
South Africa’s first black President Nelson Mandela, who had also been a boxer, once said: “Muhammad Ali was not just my hero, but the hero of millions of young, black South Africans because he brought dignity to boxing.” The pair met in 2005

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