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

    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
    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.
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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:

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

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