They are being seen as a litmus test for the nation's democracy - but the Nigerian elections have already been postponed due to organisational chaos.
Can the country break with its history of violent and flawed polls - and will Nigeria's new leader be able to resolve the country's profound social inequalities?
On Tuesday's Riz Khan show we speak with one of Nigeria's most celebrated writers and intellectuals, Wole Soyinka and award winning novelist Chimamanda Adichie about their perspectives on their country's political future.
You can join the conversation. Watch the show live on Tuesday, April 5, at 1930GMT. Repeats can be seen from Wednesday at 0430GMT, 0830GMT and 1430GMT.
Source: Al Jazeera