I've seen Nigeria's old power at work. I know change is coming: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr., Partner, Dragon Africa

Traditional Nigerian dances have been joined by new music and attitudes.

When President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria’s 15th head of state last month, it was, as the saying goes, the beginning of an end and the end of a beginning. After a decade working as an aide to three presidents, it was time for me to move on just as my country is entering an exciting but critical period in its history.

For the last decade Nigeria has attracted some of the most bizarre and ugly headlines; there was the moment – seven months long, in fact – when my former principal, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, went on sick leave and nobody, including his deputy, was sure if he was alive. More recently and more devastatingly, the insurgency of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram and their kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls attracted global attention.

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