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Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD


Two decades of negotiating African oil and gas deals have given author NJ Ayuk a grasp of the continent’s energy landscape that few can match. The American-educated, African energy lawyer serves up generous doses of that insight in his second book, Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals.

Serving as a roadmap for the continent to do a better job of using its vast energy resources to improve the lives of its people, Ayuk addresses how African countries can use their energy industries as springboards for diversifying and growing their overall economies.

In addition, Ayuk shows how African governments and local companies can negotiate better deals with international energy companies and how the continent’s countries can use marginal oil and gas fields to develop domestic energy industries that, once strong, will compete globally.

If you’re ready to dive headfirst into accessing a frank analysis and examination of the African energy landscape and how Africans can begin to fix Africa, jump into the pages of Billions at Play.

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Author Bio

Born in Cameroon, author NJ Martin Ayuk is the Chief Executive Officer of Centurion Law Group, a pan-African legal services group with its headquarters in South Africa and offices in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Congo, South Sudan, Cameroon, and Mauritius. He is also the Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber.

Ayuk graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, earned a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in the United States, and holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, He is an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Institute for Energy Law (IEL), and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA).

Ayuk is also the author of Big Barrels: African Oil & Gas and the Quest for Prosperity. Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals is his second book.


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