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Asanko Gold Appoints Colin Steyn as Chairman

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/03/14 -- Asanko Gold ("Asanko") (TSX:AKG)(NYSE MKT:AKG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Steyn as Chairman of the Board of Directors following the first meeting of the newly constituted Board post the successful acquisition of PMI Gold. The other members of the Board are Peter Breese (President and CEO), Peter Bradford, Gordon Fretwell, Marcel de Groot, Michael Price and Shawn Wallace.

Colin Steyn has over 30 years experience in the resources sector with particular expertise in developing mines in Southern Africa. During his career, Colin was one of the original founders of TSX-listed LionOre Mining and subsequently President and CEO, building the Company into a major international mining house prior to its acquisition by Norilsk Nickel International in 2007 for US$6.7 billion. He was also Executive Director in charge of metallurgical operations in Zimbabwe for Rio Tinto. More recently, he was a Non-Executive Director of Mantra Resources, until its US$1 billion acquisition by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. ("ARMZ"), the 51.4% shareholder in Uranium One in 2011. Mr Steyn is also Chairman of TSX-Listed Coalspur Mines.

Asanko's President and CEO, Peter Breese, commented: "As we prepare for the start of Phase 1 construction at our flagship Asanko Gold Mine, we are pleased that Colin has agreed to accept the role of Chairman, bringing his experience and wisdom to guide the Company through this critical phase of growth on our way to achieving our vision of becoming a mid-tier gold mining company. Our Board has a well-rounded set of skills and experience in building and operating mines from a technical, legal, financial and corporate governance perspective".


Board Biographies                                  
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Peter Breese, Director, President & CEO                                     
Mr Breese has over 25 years of operational experience in the global mining  
industry, predominantly in southern Africa & Australia. Prior to joining    
Asanko, he was most recently CEO of Mantra Resources, before its US$1       
billion acquisition by ARMZ in 2011 and Chief Executive of Norilsk          
International, following its acquisition of LionOre Mining in 2007, where he
was COO. Mr Breese is also a Director of Coalspur Mines.                    
                                                                            
Peter Bradford, Director                                                    
Mr Bradford has over 35 years experience in gold and base metals operations 
across Africa and Australia. Most recently, he was CEO of PMI Gold before   
its acquisition by Asanko Gold. Mr Bradford, a Mining Engineer, has         
extensive experience in Ghana as the CEO of Golden Star Resources from 1999 
to 2007 as well as being a past President of the Ghanaian Chamber of Mines. 
During his long career, he has also been CEO of Copperbelt Minerals, as well
as a Director of Kula Gold and Anvil Mining. He is a Fellow of the          
Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and a Member of the Society   
for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration.                                        
                                                                            
Gordon Fretwell, Director                                                   
Mr Fretwell has been a lawyer for over 25 years, providing corporate finance
and securities law advice to publicly traded companies and to private       
companies proposing to go public. He is a Director of various public        
companies in the resource sector, including Northern Dynasty Minerals, Curis
Resources and Coro Mining. Mr. Fretwell has extensive experience as a member
and chairman of corporate committees including audit, nominating and        
corporate governance, compensation and special committees. He holds a B.    
Comm and Bachelor of Laws degree.                                           
                                                                            
Marcel de Groot, Director                                                   
Mr de Groot is a co-founder and president of Pathway Capital, a Vancouver   
based venture capital company that has played a significant role in the     
organization and development of a number of mining companies, including Peru
Copper (acquired by Chinalco in 2007), Lowell Copper and CIC Resources. Mr. 
de Groot is a co-founder and former chairman of Luna Gold and was a director
of Underworld Resources until its acquisition by Kinross. He is also a      
Director of Sandstorm Metals and Energy.                                    
                                                                            
Michael Price, Director                                                     
Mr Price has over 35 years experience in mining and mining finance. He is   
currently a Non-Executive Director of Eldorado Gold, Forbes & Manhattan Coal
and Central Asia Metals. During his career, he has held senior positions at 
Barclays Capital, Societe General & NM Rothschild and Sons. Has also advised
Lubel Coal, First Nickel, Riversdale Mining, Goldbelt Resources and Cluff   
Gold.                                                                       
                                                                            
Shawn Wallace, Director                                                     
Mr Wallace has over 20 years experience in building a number of high-quality
mineral exploration, development and production stage companies. He is one  
of the founders of Asanko Gold and previously Chairman. Mr Wallace is       
currently President & CEO of Auryn Resources, Chairman and Director of      
Cayden Resources and a Director of Stratton Resources.                      

For further information please visit www.asanko.com

About Asanko Gold Inc.

Asanko's vision is to become a mid-tier gold mining company that maximizes value for all its stakeholders. Asanko's flagship project is the fully financed, multi-million ounce Asanko Gold Mine Project located in Ghana, West Africa.

Asanko is managed by highly skilled and successful technical, operational and financial professionals. The Company is strongly committed to the highest standards for environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighbouring communities.

Contacts:
Alex Buck, Manager - Investor Relations
Telephone: +44-7932-740-452
Email: [email protected]

Greg McCunn, Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: +1-778-729-0604
Email: [email protected]

General enquiries:
[email protected]

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