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Brady Bunch star Florence Henderson dies at 82

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Florence Henderson died Thursday at age 82, her manager confirmed .

The actress, talk show host, and pitchwoman gained her greatest fame on The Brady Bunch, starring for five seasons (1969-1974) on the beloved family comedy as Carol Brady, the sunny, can-do matriarch of a blended family with six children. Her career would be forever defined by that part, as she served as a de facto honorary mom for a generation weaned on television. And that was a role she embraced. “I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had,” she once said, “as the mother a lot of people wished they had.”

The youngest of 10 children born to a tobacco farmer in rural Indiana — and whose mother abandoned the family when she was 12 — Henderson enrolled the American Academy of Dramatic Arts at age 17. Soon, she scored a part in the Broadway musical Wish You Were Here, followed by the lead role in a touring production of Oklahoma!, and starred in other Broadway musicals like Fanny, The Sound of Music, The Girl Who Came to Supper, and South Pacific. You could say that she appeared on TV at virtually all hours, endearing herself to audiences first as the Today Girl on the Today show and also becoming the first woman to guest-host The Tonight Show.

The Brady Bunch would make her one of the most famous small-screen mothers of all-time, and Carol Brady would stay with her long after the show ended in 1974. She reprised the role in two TV movies (1981’s The Brady Girls Get Married and 1988’s A Very Brady Christmas) and three spin-offs (1976-1977’s variety series The Brady Bunch Hour, the 1981 comedy The Brady Brides, and the 1990 drama The Bradys). In between Brady projects she remained a fixture on TV, guest-starring on The Love Boat eight times, including the show’s maiden voyage. (“I felt like a permanent member of the cast, I was there so often,” she told EW a few years ago.) Henderson’s other credits included Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, Roseanne, Ellen, and The King of Queens, Samantha Who and 30 Rock. She even dipped her toe — and dancing shoes — in the world of reality TV, as a contestant on both The Surreal Life and Dancing With the Stars (serving as the oldest cast member in season 11). And when she wasn’t appearing on shows, she was popping up in commercials, pitching products like Wesson Oil and Polident. She added the role of author to her resume in 2011 when she penned her memoir Life is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond, a candid look at her life that explored her tough childhood, marital affairs (she was married twice and has four kids), and struggle with postpartum depression.

Henderson kept working up until her death. She had been hosting a talk show on the Retirement Living TV network, The Florence Henderson Show, since 2008. In 2013, she also began hosting a cooking show on the network, What’s Cooking with Florence Henderson.

This year, Henderson appeared in four projects, including the big-screen comedy Fifty Shades of Black. Her final film, Grandmothers Murder Club, is set for release next year.

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Comedian ogusbaba shows off is new home in lekki.

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Nigerian comedian, Ogusbaba has joined the growing list of Nigerian entertainers that own houses in Lekki, Lagos state.

The overjoyed entertainer who shared photos of his new house in Lekki, also shared a photo of his old apartment in Enugu where he lived for 2 years. Ogusbaba said God made him go through that experience so he can appreciate all he has today.

He wrote;

“How can ogusbaba forget this house?this was the first rent I paid, a local warri boy on a mission to survive, I stayed in this house for 2years in Enugu, a roof made with carton, foundation made with wood,the room was so small you cant stretch ,the toilet no go area ,but staying in this house not just as a student but also as a comedian.it was very inspiring because I know it was just a temporary room, and God made me to pass through this house so I can tell my story and appreciate today. LORD IS GIVE U ALL THE GLORY”

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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