The 25th African Union summit is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The theme is Empowering women but discussions look set to be dominated by issues of peace and security.
The continent’s heads of state will meet for two days in the upmarket business and retail district of Sandton under the official theme of the “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development”.
But the focus is likely to be on events overtaking the continent, including violence in Burundi over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office and the threat posed by Islamist militants.
CCTV’s Girum Chala looks at the latest hiccups and expectations