The world's negative perception of Nigeria is a "tragedy", a political official from the country told CNBC, who advocated focusing on the strength of Nigeria's economy rather than its struggles with Islamist terrorism and increasing instability.
"We are in the process of rebuilding the country, economically and socially. A lot of reforms are in place and that is what has really been helping Nigeria," Doyin Okupe, senior special assistant on public affairs to the country's president, Goodluck Jonathan, told CNBC on Monday.
Nigeria beat South Africa to become Africa's biggest economy in April this year. But this was overshadowed by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which grabbed headlines around the world and spurred a global social media campaign for their release.