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Anthony Hopkins: Oscar-winning dementia role cements the legacy of greatness

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Anthony Hopkins has spent a glittering career exploring the full depths of human experience, whether playing the sadistic Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” or a frail and frightened dementia sufferer in “The Father”.

But long before making the transition from psychopathic cannibal to a weakened man facing his own death, the Welsh-born naturalized American had earned his place in acting halls of fame with decades of stage and screen performances.

“I keep it simple. Just learn the lines and show up,” was how the 83-year-old described his method of acting, preferring to endlessly go over his script so he could “do it without thinking”.

On Sunday, he added another shiny award to his trophy case — his second Oscar for best actor. Hopkins was not present in Los Angeles or at a separate London venue to accept the golden statuette.

But with it, he became the oldest actor in Oscars history to win a competitive award, surpassing the late Christopher Plummer, who won at age 82.

Born on December 31, 1937, in Port Talbot, South Wales, Hopkins has played hundreds of roles, from Adolf Hitler to Richard Nixon, Pablo Picasso, Quasimodo, and Richard the Lionheart to Macbeth, King Lear, and Prospero in “The Tempest”.

Hopkins studied at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and after a time in repertory theatre, joined the National Theatre Company, working under its lead star, Laurence Olivier.

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Ex-Ivorian president Gbagbo files for divorce

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As per media reports in the West African country Gbagbo’s lawyer Claude Mentenon said in a statement that after years of “repeated rejected requests for Simone Ehivet to consent to an amicable separation”, the ex-president had asked an Abidjan court for a divorce.

The announcement comes four days after Gbagbo returned to Ivory Coast following a decade’s absence, during which he was tried for crimes against humanity during the post-election conflict of 2010-11.

Simone Gbagbo wielded significant political influence as the first lady and was arrested alongside her husband in April 2011 after he refused to concede defeat, sparking a conflict that left some 3,000 people dead.

Simone Gbagbo was sentenced to 20 years’ prison in Ivory Coast for “violating state security”, but was released in 2018 after seven years of detention as part of an amnesty.

Gbagbo’s homecoming comes after his once-bitter rival, current President Alassane Ouattara, embraced his return in the name of national reconciliation.

Laurent and Simone Gbagbo, who have two daughters, married in 1989 and campaigned alongside each other for the introduction of multi-party elections in the 1990s.

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KBC presenter Shiksha Arora mugged in Nairobi

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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) presenter Shiksha Arora says she was a victim of a mugging in Nairobi.

The incident, she says, happened at the Globe roundabout flyover, on Monday June 21, 2021, on the day she rejoined the national broadcaster after a year break.

Via a tweet thread, Shiksha described the experience as a ‘near-death’ ordeal where the thugs managed to get into the car she was driving and attempted to strangle her.

At around 5.20 pm, Shiksha says one of the thugs first knocked on her side mirror, bending it backwards, as if trying to remove it, before walking away.

As Shiksha was rolling down the window to reposition the mirror, a second guy started banging the front seat passenger window loudly to distracting her.

The presenter further said that a third guy came and through the driver’s window unlocked her car.

“As I was looking to my left, guy 3 slid his hand in through my window and unlocked my car, got into the back seat. Grabbed my purse and asked for my phone, at this point in time I was in panic mode, couldn’t say anything. He asked for it again and reached for my neck, strangling me,” she said.

Adding, “As he was strangling my neck, I desperately gasped for air, I started hooting loudly to get some attention, hoping somebody would help me. People started getting out of their cars and that’s when they let go and fled. He went with my purse, but I am TRAUMATIZED that he attacked me.”

Shiksha advised motorists not to roll down windows in any case of any commotion while on traffic as the thugs work in teams.

“These thugs work in teams in broad daylight during peak traffic, don’t roll down your window no matter what when on globe roundabout. I got lucky, he didn’t manage to hurt me much, despite strangling my neck and getting away with my purse. I am okay but traumatized,” she added.

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Mukhisa Kituyi’s Nudes Leaked

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Presidential Candidate Mukihsa Kituyi is a man under siege.His nude videos were released today by his love, a Mombasa lady by the name Dianna Opemi. Mukhisa, is a presidential aspirant in the 2022 elections, he is said to have assaulted his lover Dianna at a hotel in Nyali, Mombasa, who later on leaked his nude videos.

The lady claims that Mukhisa allegedly assaulted her,

“He pushed me from the bed, and continued kicking me even after I fell on the floor, whereby I ended sustaining injuries on the left knee,” she claimed.

Miss Opemi further recorded a statement at Nyali police station, claiming that Mukhisa brutally assaulted her after she refused his sexual advances. 

It is now believed that the disagreement that erupted between the two could have attributed to the leaking of the bedroom video on social media.

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