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NJ Ayuk: How Africa’s Biggest Energy Lawyer Follows His Moral Compass

NJ Ayuk has been a pioneer in the African energy industry for over two decades, serving as Africa’s most prominent energy lawyer and one of the most respected oil and gas law experts. NJ has had a fantastic career so far, helping to establish laws and regulations for the exploration, production, refining, transportation, and trade of natural resources throughout Africa.

He has helped numerous countries develop oil and gas industries from scratch while working with some of Africa’s most prominent multinational companies. NJ has over 20 years of experience advising individual entrepreneurs and communities on unconventional oil development. He is an international speaker, taking his knowledge to the United Nations and many other conferences worldwide.

NJ is also an original member of several energy law clubs and associations, including the American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation Oil, Gas & Energy Law Section, and the International Society of Oil & Gas Law. NJ has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nigeria, a Master of Law from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Jos.


His life was celebrated in an event held at the Nigerian National Museum in November 2017, with more than 500 people attending. Everyone who attended the event is anyone in Nigeria’s political and social circles, individuals and companies operating within Africa’s oil and gas industry, and his family members, including several lawyers. The event drew comprehensive media coverage, including in Vanguard.

In a recent interview with NJ on his Linkedin profile, he said, “I have always had a strong sense of right and wrong since I was a child. My family’s future would have been much better if I’d spent my time in school studying rather than playing soccer and hanging out with friends. Although there were difficult times, the lessons I learned from running away from home as a teenager were priceless. Despite my challenges as a teenager, my hard work and dedication were rewarded; I completed high school and then attended college at the University of Nigeria. After graduating from law school and passing the bar in Nigeria, I moved to the United States. If it weren’t for my family, colleagues, and clients who have supported me over the years, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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