Encouraging results from Nkout iron ore prospect in Cameroon

    TSX-V: AAZ

TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - African Aura Resources Ltd. ("African Aura" or the 
"Company", TSX-V: AAZ), an exploration company with iron, gold and uranium 
exploration activities in Cameroon and Liberia, announces that it has received 
encouraging results from the Nkout iron ore prospect on its 1,000km(2) Djoum 
licence in southern Cameroon. 

    -   Assays up to 65% Fe and averaging 54% Fe from 3km long section
    -   10km long Nkout prospect is 150km northwest of 2.4 Bt Mbalam deposit
    -   Strategic options for exploration of the project under review
    Nkout Iron Prospect, Southern Cameroon

The Nkout iron prospect is located on the 1,000km(2) Djoum licence which is 
held by the Company's 100% owned subsidiary Caminex SARL. The prospect was 
identified by interpretation of historic airborne magnetic and remote sensing 
data and is defined by a 10km long discontinuous ridge coincident with a 
magnetic dipole hosted by Archaean age rocks. The Company considers that the 
dimensions of Nkout and surrounding hills represent a potentially economic iron 
deposit. The sub-region hosts a number of significant iron deposits which are 
currently under exploration and development including the 2.4 billion tonne 
Mbalam deposit which is under development by Sundance Resources Limited and 
located approximately 150km to the south east.

Reconnaissance results

The Company has undertaken reconnaissance exploration on an initial 3km by 
3.75km area on the flank of the Nkout ridge. A total of 44 samples were 
collected which returned a maximum grade of 65% iron, and an average grade of 
54% iron as detailed in Table 1. Detailed X-ray diffraction and optical 
microscopy show that the samples comprise mainly high grade haematite along 
with magnetite and goethite.
    Table 1. Assay results from reconnaissance samples at Nkout iron
    Number of samples        % Fe      Main component(s)
                   17        53-65     Fe(2)O(3)
                    9        46-64     Fe(2)O(3) + FeO(OH)
                   10        36-45     Fe(2)O(3) + FeO(OH)+ SiO(2)
                    8         1-20     SiO(2)
    Confirmation of iron exploration rights

The Ministry of Industry Mines and Technology Development of Cameroon has 
issued a decree confirming that iron has been added to the list of target 
minerals covered by the Djoum exploration licence in southern Cameroon.

John Gray, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"We are highly encouraged by these consistently ore grade reconnaissance 
results from a 3km section of the 10km long Nkout prospect, which indicate the 
potential for a significant commercial deposit. Nkout is strategically well 
located within a recognised iron ore province, close to existing infrastructure 
and lies between the 2.4 billion tonne Mbalam iron deposit to the south east, 
and the site of a proposed deep water port at Kribi on the Atlantic coast. We 
look forward to completing a systematic exploration programme at Nkout which, 
if successful, will yield significant benefits to the local community and to 
the wider economy of Cameroon".


The exploration results and further planned work in Cameroon have been reviewed 
and approved by Mark Biddulph. He holds a BSc Hons in Geology, and  GIS from 
Rhodes University, and a GDE in Mining Engineering (Mineral Economics) from the 
University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Mark is a Professional Natural 
Scientist under the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions 
(SACNASP) and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

Quality Control and Sample Preparation

African Aura has a rigorous Quality Control Program (QCP) inserting a minimum 
5% standards, blanks and duplicates into the sample stream. The Company employs 
independently owned and managed OMAC Laboratories for all its assay 
requirements, including the preparation of pulps to 90% -100micron at their in-
country preparation facilities in Cameroon and Liberia, followed by 50gram fire 
assay (with lower detection limit of 2ppb Au) at their main laboratory in 
Loughrea, Ireland. OMAC is accredited to ISO 17025 by INAB (Irish National 
Accreditation Board) which is a member of ILAC (International Laboratory 
Accreditation Cooperation), and is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition 
Arrangement. OMAC operates an internal QA/QC check assay programme using in-
house standards, reagent blanks and duplicates.

About African Aura

African Aura (TSX-V: AAZ) has a 'first-mover' exploration strategy, focused on 
the discovery of economic gold, iron and uranium deposits in sub-Saharan 
Africa. The Company commenced exploration in 2004 and has established a 
portfolio of exploration licences totalling approximately 9,800km(2), targeting 
areas of active artisanal gold mining within Archaean greenstone and 
Proterozoic volcano-sedimentary belts, and intrusive and sedimentary rock 
hosted uranium occurrences. The portfolio includes the Batouri gold project in 
eastern Cameroon, the Fula Camp gold project in western Liberia, and a pipeline 
of significant prospects for drill testing as well as numerous other gold, 
uranium and iron ore targets that require follow up exploration. For more 
information on African Aura please visit www.african-aura.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain Forward-Looking Statements. All statements, 
other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including without 
limitation, statements regarding potential mineralisation and reserves, 
exploration results and future plans and objectives of African Aura, are 
forward-looking statements that involve various known and unknown risks and 
uncertainties as well as other factors. There can be no assurance that such 
statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could 
differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company has no 
obligation to update or modify such forward-looking statements, either as a 
result of new information, future events or for any other reason, and we 
expressly deny any such obligation in relation thereto. Important factors that 
could cause actual results to differ materially from African Aura's 
expectations are disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in 
African Aura's reports and other documents filed from time-to-time with the TSX 
Venture Exchange and other regulatory authorities in Canada.

The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under 
the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of 
any state and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an 
exemption from registration.

For more information concerning the reports, or to obtain additional 
information on the Company, please visit our website at: www.african-aura.com 
and SEDAR's website at: www.sedar.com or contact the Company directly.
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    or accuracy of this press release.

For further information: African Aura Resources Ltd: John Gray, Chief 
Executive, Tel: +44 (0) 207 239 4722, Cell: +44 (0) 779 616 7811, 
john.gray@african-aura.com, www.african-aura.com 
CO: African Aura Resources Limited
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