Drilling programme for high grade Weaju gold project in Liberia

    
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    TSX-V: AUR
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TORONTO, Nov. 11 /CNW/ - African Aura Mining Inc. ("African Aura" or the "Company") the TSX-V (AUR) and AIM (AAAM) listed exploration to production company focused on gold and iron ore in sub-Saharan Africa announces that it plans to undertake a 4,000m diamond drill programme at its Weaju gold project in western Liberia to further expand and define the resource on the Company's Bea Mountain mining licence.

    
    Highlights:

    -   4,000m drill programme at Weaju gold project to establish independent
        resource
    -   Previous drilling includes 27.72 g/t over 6m, 19.63 g/t over 6m and
        3.06 g/t over 28m
    -   Weaju gold project has a length of over 1km and remains open along
        strike
    -   Archaean gold deposit in close proximity to the New Liberty gold
        project
    -   In house drill rig and crew to be mobilised from operations in
        Cameroon
    

The Weaju deposit is a high grade gold deposit located 30km north east of the Company's New Liberty deposit in western Liberia. New Liberty hosts a 1.4 million ounce gold resource (NI 43-101 13.533Mt measured and indicated resource at 3.18 g/t gold) and is presently the subject of a 10,000m confirmation drill programme. At least five zones have been defined from drilling at Weaju to date, with more recent intersects including 27.72 g/t over 6m, 19.63 g/t over 6m and 3.06 g/t over 28m. The planned 4,000m systematic drilling programme is due to commence in early 2010 and will be undertaken by the Company's in house drilling crew and diamond core rig. The programme is expected to take six months or less. Results from the programme will be used to assist with the construction of a geological model and the preparation of an initial independent resource estimate in accordance with NI 43-101.

Luis da Silva, President & CEO of African Aura comments:

"Our immediate focus at present is to deliver on our gold strategy to realise near term value through the development of our core gold projects in Liberia. We have made significant progress on our New Liberty gold project and we are now looking to expand our resource base further on the Bea Mountain mining licence. The Weaju gold project, potentially within trucking distance (within 30km) of New Liberty, has demonstrated considerable potential from previous drill campaigns undertaken between 2000-2006 and we are confident that it will enhance our portfolio of gold assets as we look to define an initial resource for the project. We are now executing an aggressive exploration strategy to drill out this potentially significant resource."

About the Weaju gold project, western Liberia

Weaju is a high grade shear zone hosted Archaean age greenstone gold deposit which has been the focus of intermittent surface and underground gold mining activity by artisanal workers, reportedly over the last 30 to 40 years. The project is located 130 km north of the capital city of Monrovia and 30 km north east of New Liberty, where African Aura is presently undertaking a 10,000m confirmation drill programme. New Liberty hosts a 1.4 million ounce gold resource (NI 43-101 13.533Mt measured and indicated resource at 3.18 g/t). Weaju is within the same 25-year renewable mining licence and on the same Archaean greenstone gold belt trend as New Liberty. Geologically, Weaju has higher grades but is more complex than New Liberty, with free gold visible to the naked eye. It has a similar style of mineralisation with gold hosted in sheared basic meta-volcanic schist belt lithologies.

It is not widely recognised, but western Liberia has similar geology to world class Archaean gold mining provinces including the Lake Victoria goldfields of Tanzania, the goldfields of western Australian, the gold belts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Ontario in Canada. African Aura has assembled a strategic licence area within this emerging new gold district, which includes the New Liberty and Weaju projects as well as multiple other prospects.

Prior to drilling Weaju, the Company completed a soil geochemical and geological mapping programme which demonstrated an initial strike length for the gold mineralisation of 1.5 km in an east north-east trend, open to the east and west. Trenching on the zone gave an intersect of 5.1 g/t over 24m (WT-8) as previously reported. Subsequent drilling to 100m depth has intersected five distinct high-grade lenses to date, totalling at least 1,000m in strike length. The lenses are typically 100-300m in length and dip at 60degrees to 70degrees to the north. The previously reported drill results are provided in table 1 below.

    
    Table 1. Drill results from the Weaju gold deposit, western Liberia
    (better intersects highlighted in bold).

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                                        Intersection
    Hole ID       From (m)    To (m)        (m)       Gold (g/t)        Zone
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    WD-1 &           0.00      4.00         4.00         4.13           Main
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    WD-1 &          12.00     24.00        12.00        40.20           Main
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    WD-1            48.00     50.00         2.00         3.47           Main
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    WD-2            18.00     30.00        12.00         3.75           Main
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    Including       22.00     26.00         4.00         7.79           Main
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    WD-3              NSR                                               Main
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    WD-4              NSR                                               Main
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    WD-5 &          14.00     22.00         8.00        31.20           Main
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    WD-5            34.54     40.00         5.45         9.69           Main
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    WD-6              NSR                                               Main
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    WD-7            19.00     23.00         4.00        15.10           Main
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    WD-8              NSR                                               Main
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    WD-9             6.00      8.00         2.00         3.53           Main
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    WD-9            26.00     40.00        14.00         5.71           Main
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    WD-10 &         20.00     22.00         2.00         2.82           Main
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    WD-10           34.00     36.00         2.00         2.92           Main
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    WD-11             NSR                                               Main
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    WD-12 &         42.00     44.00         2.00         2.14           Main
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    WD-12           54.00     56.00         2.00         2.35           Main
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    WD-13           18.00     24.00         6.00        19.63           Adit
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    WD-14           44.00     50.25         6.25         3.68           Adit
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    WD-15 &         45.00     48.00         3.00         0.42          Ridge
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    WD-15           90.00     91.00         1.00         3.06          Ridge
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    WD-16           62.00     63.00         1.00         1.85          Ridge
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    WD-17           44.00     61.00        17.00         0.31           Adit
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    WD-18           50.00     59.00         9.00         0.69           Adit
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    Including       53.00     56.00         3.00         1.16           Adit
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    WD-19           35.00     51.00        16.00         3.63          Ridge
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    Including       43.00     51.00         8.00         6.16          Ridge
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    WD-20           23.00     51.00        28.00         3.06          Ridge
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    Including       41.00     51.00        10.00         7.63          Ridge
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    WD-21       Abandoned
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    WD-22 &          8.00     18.00        10.00         0.85           Adit
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    WD-22           28.00     38.00        10.00         1.85           Adit
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    Including       32.00     36.00         4.00         3.81           Adit
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    WD-23           28.00     58.00        30.00         1.30          Ridge
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    Including       28.00     36.00         8.00         3.48          Ridge
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    WD-24 &         35.00     38.00         3.00         3.36          Ridge
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    WD-24           42.00     47.00         5.00         2.79          Ridge
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    WD-25 &         11.00     17.00         6.00         3.92           Adit
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    WD-25           27.00     35.00         8.00         2.15           Adit
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    WD-26           13.00     21.00         8.00         1.32          Creek
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    WD-27             NSR                                              Ridge
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    WD-28 &         31.00     33.00         2.00         1.04          Creek
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    WD-28 &         38.00     41.00         3.00         1.39          Creek
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    WD-28           47.00     53.00         6.00        27.72          Creek
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    WD-29             NSR                                               Main
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    WD-30           13.00     15.00         2.00         1.68          Creek
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    WD-31           63.00     64.00         1.00         0.72           Main
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    WD-32 &          2.00     20.00        18.00         0.36          Creek
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    WD-32 &         43.00     44.00         1.00         1.95          Creek
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    WD-32 &         52.00     53.00         1.00         2.15          Creek
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    WD-33             NSR                                              Creek
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    WD-34            7.00      9.00         2.00         1.23           Main
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    WD-35 &          8.00     10.00         2.00         1.63          Creek
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    WD-35           68.00     69.00         1.00         1.33          Creek
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    WD-36           20.00     30.00        10.00         1.09           Main
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    WD-37           32.00     48.00        16.00         0.99           Adit
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    WD-38           66.00    100.10        34.10         0.70          Ridge
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    Including       78.00     85.00         7.00         2.05          Ridge
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    WD-39             NSR                                              Creek
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    WD-40           30.00     74.00        44.00         1.20          Ridge
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    Including       36.00     39.00         3.00        10.78          Ridge
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    WD-41           86.00     96.00        10.00         1.62           Main
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    Including       86.00     87.00         1.00         9.18           Main
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    WD-42           28.00     48.00        20.00         1.90           Adit
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    Including &     36.00     42.00         6.00         5.45           Adit
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    WD-42           68.00     71.00         3.00         1.18           Adit
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    WD-43 &          0.00     38.00        38.00         0.71           Adit
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    WD-43           18.00     28.00        10.00         1.84           Adit
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    WD-44            0.00     50.00        50.00         0.62           Adit
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    Including        0.00     12.00        12.00         1.27           Adit
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    Including       38.00     50.00        12.00         0.98           Adit
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    WD-45            0.00     42.00        42.00         1.60           Adit
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    Including       18.00     27.00         9.00         6.03           Adit
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    WD-46             NSR                                            Macenta
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    WD-47           19.00     21.00         2.00         3.07        Macenta
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    WD-48            0.00     15.00        15.00         0.47        Macenta
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    Including        0.00      4.00         4.00         0.92        Macenta
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    Notes:
    -   Assay data is uncut and based on greater than 0.5g/t Au
    -   NSR = No Significant Results
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About African Aura Mining Inc.

African Aura is an established African exploration and development company listed on the TSX-V (AUR) and London's AIM (AAAM). African Aura is focused on the development of world-class iron ore and gold deposits in highly prospective, under explored countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The Company has a highly motivated and experienced team with a record of discovering mines and taking projects through development and into production in Africa.

African Aura's assets include the New Liberty gold deposit and the Putu iron ore project, both in Liberia. Putu is being explored and operated by the Company's Joint Venture partner, Severstal Resources (the mining division of OAO Severstal). Severstal Resources is one of the largest mining companies in Russia with EBITDA in 2008 of US$859 million. The Company also has a 59% interest in diamond producer Stellar Diamonds Ltd. A pioneer in Africa, African Aura has attracted some excellent strategic partners and shareholders always with the objective of preserving or enhancing shareholder value. For further information on the Company you are invited to visit its website at www.african-aura.com, or SEDAR's website at www.sedar.com, or contact one of the following:

Qualified Person

African Aura's Qualified Person responsible for preparing this release is Dr Tom Elder, who holds a BSc and Doctorate in Geology from the University of Durham in the UK, is a Fellow and former Member of Council of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, and a Fellow of the Geological Society.

Quality Control and Sample Preparation

African Aura has a rigorous Quality Control Program (QCP) inserting a minimum 5% of 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% -100 micron at their in-country preparation facilities in Liberia, followed by XRF 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.

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 the 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. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including delays in obtaining or failure to obtain required regulatory approvals. 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. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and, except as may be required by applicable law, African Aura disclaim any obligation to update or modify such forward-looking statements, either as a result of new information, future events or for any other reason.

    
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    that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    

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For further information: For further information: African Aura Mining Inc., Luis da Silva, President & CEO, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7299 4212; Evolution Securities Limited, Simon Edwards, Chris Sim, Neil Elliot, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7071 4300; Pelham Public Relations, Charles Vivian, James MacFarlane, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7337 1500

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