In the coming weeks Gabon will see football stars and thousands of fans arrive to attend the African Cup of Nations, a source of pride for the central African nation hosting the continent-wide competition.
The government hopes the tournament will provide a welcome distraction from politics after several people died in violence following a disputed election in August. But there are also concerns it may be used as a staging-ground for more protests.
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations brings together 16 teams. The winner will go to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
TRT World's Nick Davies-Jones has more.