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OUTCRY Magazine's Coverage of the Democratic Convention  August 13 - 17, 2000, Staples Center, Los Angeles

Press Report of the Democratic National Convention, 2000
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Before the Convention

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Media Press Release, August 7, 2000

From August 13 - 17, 2000, I will be covering the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles for OUTCRY Magazine and other media.

This convention is very important to me for a couple of reasons. In 1996 when I covered the same convention, I left the United Center in Chicago with mixed emotions because Nigeria (home country) was still under the tyranny of military rule.

On the last day of the convention, a female reporter shared my despair about Nigeria's situation. She told me that one day Nigeria too, will be granted the gift of democracy. Since then, Nigeria has adopted democracy and done away with military rule. Consequently, my journey back to the Democratic Convention this year as a reporter is partly in fulfillment of a prophecy made by a fellow reporter.

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Above are President Obasanjo and President Clinton

Pictures from the joint Conference of President Clinton and President Obasanjo of Nigeria, November 1999

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Left is Victor Yinka Vidal reporting from the White House during President Clinton and President Obasanjo's joint press conference at the White House in November, 1999

Pictures by V. Yinka Vidal for OUTCRY Magazine

A few days after the Democratic Convention, President Clinton will be going to Nigeria on a state's. He will be reciprocating the visit of President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria from November, 1999. I was reporting from the White House during the press conference of these two leaders when President Obasanjo invited President Clinton to visit Nigeria.

Below is Yinka Vidal Reporting from the White House

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As you can see, this year's Democratic Convention remains a historical and significant event to me. Full report of this convention will be placed on one of our websites: immediately after the convention. Stay tuned to the online version of the OUTCRY Magazine after the convention.

Highlights of 1996 Democratic Convention:

Pictorial of 1996 Democratic Convention:

President Olusegun Obasanjo's visit:

'Yinka Vidal, Managing Editor, OUTCRY Magazine

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