Africa's New Oil

Power, Pipelines and Future Fortunes

Celeste Hicks


An revealing account of how Africa's new oil boom could make or break the countries affected.
The development of Africa’s oil has greatly accelerated in recent years, with some countries looking at the prospect of almost unimaginable flows of money into their national budgets. But the story of African oil has usually been associated with conflict, corruption and disaster, with older producers such as Nigeria having little to show for the many billions of dollars they’ve earned. In this eye-opening book, former BBC correspondent Celeste Hicks questions the inevitability of the so-called resource curse, revealing what the discovery of oil means for ordinary Africans, and how China’s involvement could mean a profound change in Africa’s relationship with the West.

A much-needed account of an issue that will likely transform the fortunes of a number of African countries – for better or for worse.

Author Bio

Celeste Hicks is a freelance journalist and former BBC correspondent, who has lived and worked across the Sahel and in Somalia.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Chad: a model project
  • 2. The aftermath
  • 3. Lessons learned for China?
  • 4. Resource nationalism in Niger
  • 5. Civil society power in Ghana
  • 6. The East African miracle?
  • Conclusion


'There is no comparable analysis of the sort offered by Africa's New Oil.'
Michael J. Watts, author of Curse of the Black Gold

'Through meticulous research, rigorous analysis and personable jargon-free language, Celeste Hicks lays bare one of the great development dilemmas of our time.'
Pete Lewenstein, author and former deputy editor at BBC African Service

'A timely and deeply insightful look at the oil industry in Africa. Hicks aptly captures key policy decisions and outcomes from country to country, while highlighting the important contextual challenges that influenced these policy choices.'
Charles Wanguhu, coordinator, Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas

'A must-read for all people that are at the frontlines of working towards reforming the governance of mining, oil, gas resources and revenues.'
Gilbert Makore, coordinator, Publish What You Pay-Zimbabwe

'Africa’s New Oil is a well-written journalistic introduction to the continent’s new oil producers and its case studies can offer something of value to academic and lay readers alike.'
Journal of Retracing Africa


Publication Date: 9 April 2015
256 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783601127
Hardback: 9781783601134
eBook ePub: 9781783601158
eBook PDF: 9781783601141
eBook Kindle: 9781783601165

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