VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - Africa Oil Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AOI)(OMX:AOI) ("Africa Oil" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Martinez has joined the Company as Vice President Exploration replacing Mr. James Phillips who has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Martinez, most recently Director of International Business Development with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, has over 20 years of domestic US and international senior management experience in oil and gas exploration and development, including projects in the Texas Gulf Coast, Permian Basin, Rockies, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Russia. He has held overseas management positions for Oxy in Libya, Oman and Peru. Dr. Martinez holds a doctorate in petroleum geology from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Texas at Austin Paul will be based in the Africa Oil Calgary technical office and will be responsible for all geological and geophysical activities of the Company.

Keith Hill, President and CEO of Africa Oil, commented, "We are extremely pleased to be able to attract senior management with the high caliber and industry standing of Paul Martinez. He is a very welcome addition to our growing company as we embark on an exciting and major new work program with our partner Tullow Oil plc." 

The Company is also pleased to report that it has amended the terms of its outstanding US$23.8 million convertible loan with Lundin Services B.V. ("LSBV"), a subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum AB, to permit early conversion of the loan, or a portion of the loan, to shares of the Company. The Company and LSBV mutually agreed to convert $13.0 million of the convertible loan into 14 million shares of the Company. We have been advised that these shares have been sold to certain institutional investors at a price of $Cdn2.00 per share.

Africa Oil also reports that it has granted an aggregate of 400,000 incentive stock options to certain officers, directors, and other eligible persons of the Company. The options are exercisable, subject to vesting provisions, over a period of three years and will be issued at market price. 

Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kenya, Ethiopia and Puntland (Somalia). Africa Oil's East African holdings are in what is considered a truly world-class exploration play fairway. The Company's total gross land package in this prolific region is in excess of 350,000 square kilometers. The East African Rift Basin system is one of the last of the great rift basins to be explored. New discoveries have been announced on all sides of Africa Oil's virtually unexplored land position including the major Tullow Albert Graben oil discovery in neighbouring Uganda. Similar to the Albert Graben play model, Africa Oil's concessions have older wells, a legacy database, and host numerous oil seeps indicating a proven petroleum system. Good quality existing seismic show robust leads and prospects throughout Africa Oil's project areas. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and on First North at NASDAQ OMX-Stockholm under the symbol "AOI".


Certain statements made and information contained herein constitute "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation). Such statements and information (together, "forward looking statements") relate to future events or the Company's future performance, business prospects or opportunities. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to estimates of reserves and or resources, future production levels, future capital expenditures and their allocation to exploration and development activities, future drilling and other exploration and development activities, ultimate recovery of reserves or resources and dates by which certain areas will be explored, developed or reach expected operating capacity, that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.

All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Statements concerning proven and probable reserves and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements and reflect conclusions that are based on certain assumptions that the reserves and resources can be economically exploited. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe" and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties relating to, among other things, changes in oil prices, results of exploration and development activities, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of materials and equipment, timeliness of government or other regulatory approvals, actual performance of facilities, availability of financing on reasonable terms, availability of third party service providers, equipment and processes relative to specifications and expectations and unanticipated environmental impacts on operations. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.


Keith Hill, President and CEO

Africa Oil's Certified Advisor on First North is E. Öhman J:or Fondkommission AB.

Contact Information: Africa Oil Corp.
Sophia Shane
Corporate Development
(604) 689-7842
(604) 689-4250 (FAX)