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[Photos] Colourful Africa parades at the Rio Olympics (East Africa)

[Photos] Colourful Africa parades at the Rio Olympics (East Africa)

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In a spectacular opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics kicked off in colour and glamour on Friday, August 5, 2016.

Over 200 countries paraded their athletes led by a flag bearer carrying the national flag.

Africa’s 54 countries were beautifully represented in the trademark mix of colours including Red, Gold, Green, Black and Blue.

South Sudan paraded for the first time as a country at this year’s Olympic Games since its independence in 2011 from Sudan.

In alphabetical order, see what the African representatives wore at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics and their respective flag bearers.

Burundi stunned in typical traditional cloths and spears led by Olivier Irabaruta (Athletics)

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Comoros chose brown outfits for men and blue with beautiful designs for the women led by Mohamed Andhumdine Nazlati (Swimming)

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Djibouti didn’t leave tradition back home as they white skirts and red shirts led by Abdi Waiss Mouhyadin (Athletics)

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Eritrea was led by a volunteer in blue suits

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Ethiopia chose sporty white and green led by Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Cycling)

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Madagascar got hats to do the talking as they rocked their brown and red striped traditional outfits led by Eliane Saholinirina (Athletics)

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Malawi got black suits led by Kefasi Chitsala (Athletics)

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Mauritius also settled for grey suits led by Kate Foo Kune (Badminton)

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Mozambique paraded with their checkered brown shirts with khakis and matching caps led by Joaquim Lobo (Canoeing)

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Kenya donned red shirts with thin green red and black vertical stripes on the side complimented by black pairs of trousers or skirt for the women led by Shehzana Anwar (Archery)

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Rwanda Adrien Niyonshuti (Cycling)

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Seychelles in blue suits and red ties were led by Rodney Govinden (Sailing)

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Somalia wore sea blue and white track suits led by Mohamed Mohamed (Athletics)

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United Republic of Tanzania in their blue shirts, black jackets and green pairs of trousers were led by Andrew Thomas Mlugu (Judo)

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Uganda danced through the parade in their red blazers led by Joshua Etibatemwa (Swimming)

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Zambia waved their flags wearing an all-black outfit with a touch of coloured designs and was led by Mathews Punza (Judo)

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Zimbabwe went for green shirts and blazers with khakis led by Kirsty Coventry (Swimming)

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Check out the parades of West, North, Southern and Central Africa.

Also follow our LIVE BLOG on the Olympic Games as we update you on African performances.

Photo Credit: Reuters