Afren's Dr. Lukman Appointed Honorary Advisor to Nigerian President

Afren announces that Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, KBE, Legion d'honneur, Founder and non-executive Chairman of Afren has been appointed Honorary Advisor on Energy and Strategic Matters to the President of Nigeria.

The Board of Afren announces that President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, the newly elected President of Nigeria, has approved the appointment of Dr. Rilwanu Lukman as his Honorary Advisor on Energy and Strategic Matters. The role is one of a number of advisory appointments in other sectors of Government activities made by the President, is an honorary role, and does not include a paid office.

Dr. Lukman has previously served as the Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Special Adviser to the Nigerian President for Oil and Gas, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigerian Minister of Mines, Secretary General of OPEC (6 years), President of OPEC (9 sessions), and Founder and Chairman of the African Petroleum Producers Association.

As a Founder of Afren and current non-executive Chairman, Dr. Lukman will continue to drive the Company's vision to become the premier pan-African independent exploration and production company, through partnering with indigenous companies and governments and acquiring equity stakes in exploration and development assets.