NJ Ayuk understands criticism better than most. Although he serves as chairman of the African Energy Chamber and the CEO and founder of the international firm Centurion Law Group, Ayuk grew up as a self-described “radical” whose ambitions revolved around social justice and raising the disadvantaged. Ayuk rose to become a respected figure in the private sector—an entrepreneur who has built businesses that employ thousands of people and are distinguished by their focus on ethics, sustainability, and professional excellence.
Ayuk is the co-founder of African Energy Solutions, which seeks to provide clean energy solutions to Africa. He is also the CEO and founder of the international law firm Centurion Law Group, ranked by Legal 500 USA as one of the top 25 firms in Nigeria for business law practice in Nigeria for 2013, 2014, and 2015.
He also holds an MBA from Capella University, focusing on finance and international business.
After earning his degree, Ayuk worked as an environmental inspector for the City of Groningen (the Netherlands) for two years. While there, he supported various anti-pollution activities by helping community associations build efficient tree-planting programs to improve air quality and protect the environment. Ayuk also helped a local community center develop a successful recycling program along with the city’s waste management department. As part of his work, he traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, and North America.
Ayuk came to the United States to study International Business at California State University-Los Angeles in 1998. After graduation, he accepted a position with the United Nations, managing their Global Environmental Facility (GEF) operations in West Africa. In 2004 Ayuk returned to Nigeria and founded Centurion Law Group, which focuses on business law matters, dispute resolution, and arbitration services. In 2010 Ayuk was appointed CEO of the African Energy Chamber by President Goodluck Jonathan. This Chamber, created by the African Union, is a platform that brings together all players in the energy sector to advance green energy on the continent. In 2011 Ayuk was awarded an active World Economic Forum membership card.
Ayuk has been seen frequently in the media as a commentator on global political issues, including elections and world events. He has spoken at many important conferences and seminars, including TEDx Lagos in 2013 and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Nigeria: Energy Management Workshop & Exhibit 2014, where he presented “Turning Waste into Wealth: The Future of Africa’s Waste Management Sector.” Ayuk continues to climb to new heights with his talents and hard work.
In 2014 Ayuk was nominated for the UN Global Leadership Award. In 2015 NJ Ayuk received the Africa Energy Professional of the Year Award in recognition of his accomplishments in African energy and contribution to the energy sector. In 2017 NJ Ayuk was also awarded a Distinguished Member of The Petroleum Institute.
As #Africa strategically grows its energy mix and we work to create opportunities for Africans, we must make sure that we are doing the heavy lifting to ensure women can seize those opportunities, too.https://t.co/eR4h9TlQ0d
— NJ Ayuk (@nj_ayuk) March 17, 2023
NJ Ayuk spoke at TEDx Lagos, a TED Talk-like event that brings together young innovators and leaders worldwide to share their ideas on life, technology, and leadership. Ayuk’s presentation focused on his entrepreneurial experiences, focusing on Nigeria’s growing demand for clean energy and its crucial importance regionally and globally.
Read more about NJ Ayuk on forbes.com