Nigeria recently took a major stand in the conflict in Ivory Coast. The recent presidential election has given Nigeria far more credibility as a leader in West Africa.
Despite similarities, the protests in these three African countries don't symbolize a broader movement for change in Africa.
Rioting broke out Monday after it became clear that Goodluck Jonathan had won the presidency, underscoring a deep regional divide between northern Muslim voters and southern Christians.
Goodluck Jonathan is losing support and opposition parties are gaining ground. Nigeria's ruling party may face what could be its first serious challenge in holding onto power.
As Nigeria's election results trickle in, they hint at some emerging trends, such as regionalization of parties and the growth of progressive politics.
Preliminary results indicate losses for the People's Democratic Party, but President Goodluck Jonathan, a PDP member, could still win.
Voters turned out in droves Saturday, despite a bomb blast late Friday that killed at least 8 people and injured more than two dozen, many of them young volunteer elections workers.
Nigerians are debating whether the move to delay the parliamentary vote by two days once it had started on Saturday was necessary in order for the vote to be considered legitimate.
Nigeria's incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan received an endorsement from a prominent northern politician that could be critical for the southern-born candidate in the April 9 presidential election.
Nigeria's Muslim and Christian politicians play up their religious background in campaigns, but actual religious figures running for office have been relatively mum on the issue.