New book on Africa’s energy gets ‘thriller’ reception on American financial markets

New book on Africa’s energy gets ‘thriller’ reception on American financial markets


The publication of Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Making Deals, a resourceful and bold book on Africa’s oil and gas industry has kicked up investment interest in Africa by American business community that now perceives Africa as a viable alternative to the traditional Middle East and Eastern Europe fossil-based energy suppliers.

The book authored by Centurion Law Group Managing Director and Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber’s NJ Ayuk, became instant Number One Amazon Best Selling ebook overall, Number Two Wall Street Journal Best Selling eBook, Number Four USA Today Non-Fiction Business Best Selling ebook and Number 10 Wall Street Journal Non-Fiction Combined bestseller.

Billions at Play became Number One on Amazon in several categories barely days after its initial release in 2019, making it one of Africa’s energy best-sellers. The second edition, which opens with a foreword by Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Mohamed Sanusi Barkindo and features a new chapter dedicated to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on African oil markets, is voiced-over by Adera Gandy and Boet Schouwinck.

In a strong indication of Ayuk’s popularity around the world, Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Making Deals sold 7,020 units with peak sales of 2,803 units in a single day.

‘’This is great news because we can still tell Africa’s complex energy story with a hopeful narrative and still be a bestseller in the US. We don’t have to be negative or continue the crab-in-a-barrel mindset that has not helped us. Any achievement is meaningless without thanking all the hands and hearts who helped us get there. I thank you a lot and continue to express my thoughts and experiences the best way I know how,’’ NJ Ayuk said.

The Amazon bestseller outlines the continent’s road to recovery plan that seeks to dissect the need for energy policy legislation, the lack of access to power, the role that access to reliable, sustainable and affordable power can play in the acceleration of economic growth and most importantly, why the continent’s energy industry needs more women.

The book is currently available through leading retailers including,, Google Books,, Kindle and many more!

NJ Ayuk is an energy law specialist and an advocate for African entrepreneurs. He is recognised as one of the foremost figures in African business today.

He is a global shaper with the World Economic Forum, one of Forbes’ Top 10 Most Influential Men in Africa in 2015 and a well-known dealmaker in the petroleum and power sectors.

 NJ is dedicating his career to helping entrepreneurs find success and to building the careers of young African lawyers.

As founder and CEO of Centurion Law Group, NJ strives through his work to ensure that business and especially oil and gas, impacts African societies in a positive way and drives local content development. He is the current chairman of the African Energy Chamber. He has also authored Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Prosperity.

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