2008 News

Intersections include 9.3 gAu/t over 3m and 1.4 gAu/t over 2m

Vancouver, British Columbia - December 22, 2008 - Africa West Minerals Corp. (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has completed a 1278m Air Core (AC) and Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling program on the Nyakagwe Gold Project in Tanzania. The program drilled beneath untested surface gold in soil anomaly trends and trench anomalies outlined from recently completed exploration programs. The Nyakagwe Gold Project is located 6km north west of Barrick's 12 million ounce Bulyankhulu Gold Mine and contiguous with Lakota Resources' Tembo Project. Africa West Minerals, through their wholly owned subsidiary Gold Rim Exploration Inc. is earning 100% of the Nyakagwe project by bringing the property to the Mining Licence category.

Seven sections were drilled at Nyakagwe in order to investigate the near surface mineralization in five target areas. Hole NY012, was drilled on Section 436795 in order to investigate beneath Trenches A and K. The RC hole intersected quartz reef from 22m to 26m down the hole and returned 7.03 gAu/t over 4m including 17.75 gAu/t over 1m. On the same section, hole NY014 intersected 0.32 gAu/t over 4m and 0.59 gAu/t over 1m beneath anomalous values in Trench K. On Section 436600, Holes NY007, 008 and 009 intersected quartz reef material from the same structure with anomalous values ranging from 0.82 over 2m in Hole NY007 to 0.78 gAu/t over 3m in Hole NY008. Hole NY035 on adjacent Section 436450, intersected 1.44 gAu/t over 2m from a similar looking structure. The mineralization found on these sections has been intersected at less than 20m below surface. This represents a significant start towards delineating three dimensional gold zones on the Nyakagwe Project. Drill samples were taken every metre and were assayed using 50g fire assay with Atomic Absorption finish. All assays were performed at the SGS laboratory in Mwanza, Tanzania. A regiment of 10% quality control samples as standards and duplicates were used and analyzed.



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Table 1, Highlights of Initial Drilling at Nyakagwe Gold Project, Tanzania

"This initial drill program at Nyakagwe was designed to give us some confidence in our mineralization model" comments Jeffrey Ackert VP Exploration for Africa West. "Now that we have some indications of these gold structures, we can use geophysics and trenching to delineate the zones on surface in a cost effective manner." A follow up geophysical program of Induced Polarization (IP), ground magnetics and trenching will be carried out in 2009 with deeper drilling to follow.

In Kenya, a first phase regional surface geochemical sampling program has been completed on the Ngira-Migori Gold Project, located in the southern part of Kenya, within the Migori Archean greenstone belt. Samples have been taken on a 400m by 400m grid covering over 70 km2 of prospective ground immediately east of the past producing Macalder gold mine. The Macalder mine produced gold, silver and copper between 1956 and 1963. Mineralization in this area is characterized by gold in quartz reefs as well as gold associated with massive to disseminated sulphides. Lithology of the area includes greywacke, tuffaceous volcanics and Banded Iron Formation. Surface grab sampling at two of the mineralized reefs returned from 30ppb to 16.7 gAu/t.

Also in Kenya, the Rosterman Gold Project, the site of the past producing Rosterman Gold Mine, is undergoing a compilation of available historic data in order to produce a three dimensional geological model. Located near the town of Kakamega in the Western Province, the mine was worked to a depth of 2000 feet between 1935 and 1952 and produced over 250,000 ounces of gold at an average grade of 13.6 gAu/t. Gold mineralization at the Rosterman Mine is typically associated with stacked sigmoidal quartz reefs hosted within and adjacent to a diorite.

The technical content of this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Jeffrey Ackert who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

For additional information, please contact:

James T. Gillis, President
Telephone: (250) 314-0186

Jeffrey S. Ackert, VP Business Development and Exploration
Telephone: (613) 851-7699

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