History tells us that while elements of competition and inclusion strengthen multiparty systems, too much of either can be fatal to the process of democratisation.
Rather than just becoming a financial venture, the Eko Atlantic experiment can be carried further at no extra cost to become the hub to transform good governance in Nigeria and West Africa.
Muhammadu Buhari could learn some useful lessons from Barack Obama when they meet in Washington, particularly on how to get an economy back on its feet.
What are the early warning signs of threats to the stability of African democracies? The signs could be seen in Mali before it exploded in 2012. Ghana and others would do well learn from Mali.
A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
To Palestinian students fed up with Fatah and imprisoned by politics, Africa's maturing democracies are a source of inspiration.
Africa needs private universities. But far more must be done to make them powerhouses of knowledge, research and graduate output.
There is more to drawing diaspora academics back to their home countries in Africa than striking up individual relationships. Infrastructure must be fixed and institutional management must improve.
Nigeria's new president has set himself the task of cleaning up one of the world's most corrupt states. What are his chances?
Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo led confidently on African affairs because they were elected by comfortable majorities at home and had solid control of their political parties.
The hope is that Buhari will be honest and efficient — but his post comes with significant baggage.
Nigeria has been among the fastest growing economies this past decade but only 25% of the country's population has benefited from this growth, leaving the majority trapped in the informal sector.
The fast thinking Nigerian government used a tried and tested tracking system and pooled expertise to contain the ebola virus in three months.
School enrolment rates in sub-Saharan Africa have increased markedly in recent years, but it is failing its newly educated young by not creating jobs commensurate with their education.
The relationship between Africa's two great powers, Nigeria and South Africa, has had its ups and downs, but has been relatively cordial since 1999.
Hundreds of women rescued from the Nigerian Islamist group are pregnant after being held in sexual slavery.
The expected departure of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria's finance minister will leave Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa without a significant voice in the IMF and World Bank.
Some countries in Africa have made great strides bolstering the middle class by supporting small businesses, but more needs to be done.
Back at the helm, Muhammadu Buhari must turn his attention to corruption, unemployment, infrastructure and the economy.
In the end, Nigeria managed what once seemed impossible and transferred political power relatively peacefully. What now?