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Feature: The Devastating Effects of African Leaders’ Unappeasable Appetite for Foreign Healthcare

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In the past few days, Nigerian social media has been awash with stories about President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical trip to London. Agitations continue to get rife daily as people call on the 78-year-old leader to return home and fix his country’s poor health system instead of seeking medical attention overseas.

Buhari flew to London on 30th March for a “medical check-up” and is billed to return home in the second week in April. Since he came to power in 2015, the retired general has flown to the British capital several times and spent more than 175 days seeking health care. In 2017, he spent over 150 days receiving medical care in the U.K. after temporarily handed over power to his vice Yemi Osinbajo.

This regular occurrence has been the reason for many Nigerian’s outcries, especially as his state of health has become a sensitive topic in the country. Of course, it is hard to blame Nigerians for venting their frustrations, given the 2010 experience when one of their former presidents, Umar Musa Yar’Adua, died while on medical attention in Saudi Arabia.

Yar’Adua’s state of health was shrouded in secrecy, leaving Nigerians in doubt of his capability to lead the most populated country in Africa. His absence, health, and eventual death almost created a leadership vacuum in the country, as he didn’t hand over power to his then-vice president, Goodluck Jonathan, who later became president and ruled the country for five years.

Interestingly, this insatiable appetite for foreign medical care isn’t peculiar to Nigerian leaders. Health tourism has become a common trend among several African leaders. Many past and present presidents have shown that they prefer overseas to local health care. Presidents Ali Bongo of Gabon, Patrice Talon of Benin Republic, former presidents Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria and Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola are other African leaders known for this practice.

During his time as Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe was also a regular visitor to health facilities abroad, snubbing his country’s health system. The 95-year-old leader, who left power in 2017 after ruling the south African country for 37 years, later died in a Singaporean hospital in September 2019.

Other African past leaders who died while seeking medical treatment abroad include two Zambia’s presidents Levy Mwanawasa 2008 in France and Michael Sata 2014 in Britain, Gabon’s Omar Bongo December 2009 in Spain, and Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi August 2012 in Belgium.

Many African leaders have neglected their country’s health system for years. And this explains the poor conditions of facilities across the continent. The year-long negligence has left the health sectors in many African countries in a sorry state. Many hospitals lack basic facilities such as beds and personal protective equipment (PPE).

For this reason, African leaders don’t have faith in the system they provide and oversee. This explains why they and their families fly abroad for even the most basic medical treatment. Apart from a very few countries, such as South Africa, which has been improving its health sector, it is hard to find the state of the art medical facilities in many African countries.

 

The continent loses a huge amount of money to this high rate of health tourism. For example, Nigerians spend $200 on health tourism every year to India alone, and their overall annual medical tourism spending is estimated to be $1 billion. In 2016, findings showed that Africans spent a whopping $6 billion seeking healthcare abroad. Medical tourism is a luxury that can only be enjoyed by few people.

Those suffering the greatest burden of this year-long negligence of Africa’s healthcare are its citizens, most of whom are low-income earners. They are left with no choice but to use the deplorable facilities at home while their leaders get the best care abroad.

Consequently, the effects of these disappointing practice include high child and maternal mortality rate, high cases of infectious diseases, and low life expectancy, which have become perennial challenges across the continent. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, malaria still accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Africa, and most of these deaths are in children ages 5 and below.

A World Bank’s child mortality report shows that 1 in 13 sub-Saharan African children die before they reach the age of 5. Many African countries, especially the sub-Saharan African region, also have alarmingly high maternal mortality ratios. In Nigeria, for instance, the maternal mortality ratio is 814 per 100,000 live births. In most developed countries, the lifetime risk of a pregnant woman dying during the stage of pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum or abortion is 1 in 4,900, but in Nigeria, it is 1 in 22.

The continent is also home to countries with the lowest-ranked life expectancy. On the global ranking, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Lesotho, Chad, and the Central African Republic occupy the bottom five, with 55.92, 55.75, 55.65, 55.17, and 54.36 life expectancy, respectively. The figures show a huge difference when compared with countries like Hong Kong, Japan, and Switzerland with an average of 85 years old.

Poor infrastructure is another problem in the system. In 2019, there were reports of bare-handed surgeries by physicians in Zimbabwe because of the nonavailability of gloves. At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there were reports of ventilators shortage across various African health facilities, and this further revealed the year-long rot in the system. Somalia’s health sector had nine ventilators, and only three were available in the Central African Republic. And in Nigeria, with over 200 million population, there were only 100. Most African counties also lag far behind in the WHO’s recommended hospital bed per population ratio.

The system also experiences a shortage of medical professionals. According to the WHO, the ideal doctor per population ratio is 1:1000, but in Africa, the current reality shows 1:10,000. This shortage is projected to reach 4.3 million by 2035. On top of that, many of the few available professionals migrate daily to Europe, the Americas, and Asia in search of greener pasture, as the condition at home is anything but favourable to healthcare workers.

For example, in the U.K. medical care sector, 1 in 10 physicians are from Africa. Many of them have settled in the European country for years and have been granted indefinite leave to remain – an indication that Africa has permanently lost those talents to another country that value them more. Other countries like the USA, Australia, and Canada also have several African trained professionals in their health sectors. These nations with some of the best medical system in the world gain yearly from Africa’s investments in doctors. Unfortunately, their gain is Africa’s loss. Findings show that it costs African countries an average of $21,000 to $59,000 to train a doctor. So, putting together these figures, Africa loses billions of dollars to those countries where its doctors migrate to in droves. And the more this continues, the more the continent will keep suffering a shortage of skills in its health system.

Just like other basic amenities, good healthcare has been an unaffordable and inaccessible luxury for most Africans. It is high time African leaders started getting their priorities right and improve their countries’ healthcare. They also need to stop galivanting across various overseas health facilities and use the same system their citizens use. There must be a significant improvement in the continent’s healthcare funding to bridge the gap that has left the system in critical condition. This will restore people’s faith in Africa’s healthcare and reduce the high volume of medical tourism.

Olusegun Akinfenwa is a political correspondent for Immigration News, a news organization affiliated with Immigration Advice Service London. IAS is a leading U.K. immigration law firm that helps people migrate and settle in the U.K.

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New World Best Way to Level Engineering Skill

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If you want to live longer in Amazon’s New World gameplay, you must grasp three major skills and abilities to progress your character, including trade skills, core stats and weapon mastery. The trade skills are divided into three parts, such as Gathering Skills, Refining Skills and Crafting Skills. The Engineering is a Crafting Trade Skill, when you level up this skill and you will get more recipes and more powerful versions of them. So, what are the best and fastest ways to level up your Engineering Skill in New World?

 

What can we do with New World Engineering Skill?

When a player has learned an Engineering Skill, he or she is allowed to use this skill to create ranged weapons, including bows and muskets. And what’s more, to make full use of ranged weapons, you are allowed to use this skill to create ammunition. Higher levels of engineering allow players to build better and more powerful weapons, as well as improve their equipment scores.

 

Benefits of Leveling up Engineering

As we mentioned above, Engineering can be used to create Weapons and Ammunition and these two items are best-selling items in New World for they are the most basic requirements in this game! If you are a senior engineer who can build high quality weapons and ammunitions, you must be popular among the market! So, to level up your engineering skill and craft high quality items will help players to earn more New World Gold via selling these items on the market!

 

When you craft an item using Azoth, you increase your chances of gaining privileges. You can also make some quality melee weapons, such as swords and hammers and then sell them to small settlements such as town projects.

 

How to Level Up fast Engineering Skill?

If you want to level up engineering skill fast, the most effective way is to make as many iron cartridges and arrows as possible. And to make cartridges and arrows, you must equip enough resources with iron ore, wood for timber and charcoal, saltpeter for gunpowder, and feathers for arrows. Along mining these resources, your Mining skill can be also upgraded.

 

Just find a spot with iron veins, where can help you can mine easily! And then start your work! After your iron ore are full of inventory, and then you can reach to a settlement. And to get iron ingots, you need to smelt everything together! After that, go to the Workshop crafting station to craft cartridges or arrows. The cartridge requires additional steps to make, but it helps to improve your engineering level faster.

 

You need saltpeter, which is usually found in mines and used to make gunpowder. Feathers, on the other hand, are easier to obtain because turkeys are ubiquitous. Kill them and skin them for their feathers, then cut down the wood and turn it into wood to make iron arrows.

 

This method will cost you a lot of time, but mass-producing cartridges and arrows seems to be the best way for New World Engineering to reach level 50 so far.

 

If you want to make money in New World, leveling up Engineering Skill is one of the important way! On the other hand, you can also choose to purchase NW Gold at Z2U.com. Here, you can find cheap New World Coins for Sale, cheaper than others, ultra fast delivery in 10 minutes, huge stock to ensure you can get your products quickly, and friendly live support will help you to solve problems!

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Designer Shopping Tips For The Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday has really taken off over the past several years. The annual sale, which was originally initiated in the United States and takes place on Thanksgiving weekend, is now also a bigger shopping event on this side of the pond than Boxing Day Sales.

 

To prevent getting caught up in Black Friday excitement and ending up with a lot of unwanted objects in your wardrobe, we’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself before making any designer Black Friday sales purchases.

 

Do you own similar items already?

 

Begin by acknowledging what you lack and require. Do you own anything similar in your wardrobe that performs the same task? Make a list of things you want to buy and stick to it before you go shopping so that you don’t make impulse purchases that you’ll later regret.

 

Take a good look at your wardrobe and put anything you haven’t worn in the last six months in storage; if something has remained unworn for more than six months, it’s unlikely to be worn again soon. Only then will you notice the holes in your collection.

 

What if it wasn’t on sale?

 

It’s easy to get carried away while purchasing on sale, but items that have been severely discounted aren’t a bargain if you won’t use them. It isn’t worth spending even half of what it costs if you wouldn’t buy it at full price.

 

To save money, remember that the greatest bargains only apply to clothing you’ll wear on a regular basis rather than clothing that will be stored in your closet.

 

Is it love?

 

Buying something should make you feel good. It’s pointless to buy anything unless it makes you feel awkward or gives you any cause for worry. Shopping should make you grin from ear to ear.

 

Does it work with other items you own?

 

If you must obtain additional goods to complete an item, don’t buy it. If a component is correct, it should work with your current pieces; otherwise, it will go unused in your closet.

 

Have you done enough research?

 

Do your homework ahead of time – most stores will tell you what they plan to do ahead of time, so make sure you know where to get the greatest bargains. If you’re looking for a certain designer item that is available at multiple shops, this is especially crucial. Looking around in advance might save you a lot of money.

 

Are you panicking?

 

The Black Friday sales are only the beginning of a lengthy line of sales, so if you don’t obtain what you want right away, relax and wait for the next chance. The January sales are fast approaching, and you may have better luck the next time around. When it comes to transportation, don’t just grab anything that’s on sale for the sake of it; wait for the best deals.

 

Is it on-trend?

 

Avoid trendy things and stick to long-lasting investments. While everyone on the front row may be wearing that exact thing this season, it’s likely to look outdated quickly, and if it’s already on sale, the moment may have passed. Pick capsules that are unlikely to get old.

 

FAQ

 

Now that you have some questions to ask yourself regarding whether a Black Friday sale is worth it, let’s take a look at some other questions that might help with your journey. After all, the more information you have, the better a purchase will be!

 

What is the difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday?

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t really that different; both provide massive discounts and take place either side of a weekend of sales shopping. It’s always worth keeping an eye out, however, since certain fashion labels may execute separate offers on the two days.

 

If you missed out on getting the product you desired on Black Friday, it may be available on Cyber Monday. It’s well worth a look.

 

Are the sales only available in store?

No, many of the same discounts and offers are also readily available over the internet. Today, there are more options for consumers than ever before, and some of the internet’s top retailers offer a wide range of goods. Shopping in the comfort of your own home may be a fantastic method to avoid the notoriously loud crowds and lengthy queues that exist at certain stores.

Why are the costs of goods so low at some shops?

Retailers provide goods at such low costs in order to increase their profit margins when the items are purchased in large quantities. It’s also a method of making space for new products by offering bargain-basement pricing on existing inventory.

 

 

 

 

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Facebook launches 2021 edition of “My Digital World” across Sub-Saharan Africa E

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Facebook has announced the launch of the 2021 edition of “My Digital World”. Originally launched in June 2020, ‘My Digital World is a digital literacy program which is accessible across Sub-Saharan Africa  and designed to provide young people and the general public with the skills needed to navigate digital spaces safely and responsibly.  The 2021 edition of “My Digital World” is now accessible on the new website https://mydigitalworld.fb.com/ssa/ that hosts new updated content that is relevant to today’s realities.

 

The program provides educators and trainers with training and resources to reach young people across Sub-Saharan Africa, equipping them with information and skills to help them thrive in an increasingly complex and digitally connected world.

 

“Through My Digital World, Facebook is reaching learners across the region and shaping the Sub-Saharan digital community for the better,” Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy at Facebook said, “Designed for young people aged 13 – 18 years in high-tech and low-tech communities, the content has adaptable step-by-step instructions to fit their needs and learning environment. The lessons help participants learn tangible skills such as protecting personal information, identifying reputable sources, understanding misinformation themes, and recognizing healthy online relationships.”

 

‘My Digital World’ lessons are divided across six content pillars:

  • Introduction to Digital Learning:Demonstrating to learners what the internet is, identifying information that can be shared over the internet, determining various methods for accessing information online, and identifying the benefits, roles, and responsibilities of digital citizenship.
  • Digital Foundations: Teaching learners how to leverage tools to protect their digital devices and their personal information online, as well as that of others.
  • Digital Wellness:Supporting learners’ ability to engage with others (both individuals and the larger collective) online in empathic and positive ways, protect their physical and mental health, and explore their identities.
  • Digital Engagement:Helping learners develop executive functioning, critical thinking, and the skills needed to evaluate and share media and information online, as well as engage with different cultures and contexts.
  • Digital Empowerment:Helping learners use technology and social media to create positive change and better opportunities for themselves, their communities, and the world.
  • Digital Opportunities:Preparing learners to create the next wave of technology and succeed in their careers and pathways.

 

Over the years, Facebook has trained thousands of African youths through existing digital literacy programs across Sub saharan Africa such as ‘Safe Online with Facebook’ in Nigeria, ‘Ilizwe Lam’ in South Africa and ‘eZibo’ in Zambia.  With the program also successfully implemented in Ethiopia, Côte D’Ivoire, Kenya and Senegal,  “My Digital World” will, this year, be launched in Ghana, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ghana.

 

All content is available and can be accessed for free, the program will be available in English, French, Kiswahili, and Amharic.

 

‘My Digital World’ partnered with organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop the learning modules and resources in the curriculum. The list of the partners can be found in this link: https://mydigitalworld.fb.com/ssa/

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What defines a credible local moving company?

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Relocation is such a complex thing to do in which there are numerous numbers of tasks which you have to complete. The job will become easier by hiring one of the best trusted local moving companies. You can do this only after investigating everything about the organization but you might be confused in knowing the things that make a company credible. This is the time when there is an innumerable number of queries that run around in your mind and which you should answer when it comes to shifting your home. Check out the things that make a company reliable.

Registration

One of the best trusted local moving companies has proper insurance and license. So, when it comes to hiring a reliable company, you should check the license number of the company. They will only be able to provide you with the proper guidance which you will require during relocation.

 Technology savvy

Check if the moving company you are trying to hire is technical savvy or not. In these days of advanced technology and the internet, it has become crucial to get services from a company that is technically savvy and has all the updated tools and techniques which help them in serving the moving with ease.

Are they online?

A well-reputed and reliable moving company have a good website. There are thousands of companies present out there and if one is not online then it indicates that the company could be a scam. Also, make sure that all the details related to the company including the charges or moving are given on the website.

Request for a free estimate

To know whether you can trust a particular moving company or not, you should request a free estimate from a company. Federal Motor Carriers safety administration requires moving companies to give a free in-home moving estimate. During the communication when getting a moving quote will tell you a lot about the moving company. If an organization does not seem interesting in knowing the weight of stuff and the volume of stuff you want to shift and to know all the other details regarding the move then this is a red flag. Also, the way they communicate tells you a lot about their professionalism and credibility. These days because of the corona pandemic, in-home visits are eliminated from the process and instead of in-home visits, companies do a digital video call to get to know the stuff you possess and to give you a more accurate moving quote.

They should possess a DOT number

You should always work with a certified company and to know whether the movers are licensed or not, it is recommended you check the DOT number present at their license. You can also check the credibility and other documents of a moving company on the Better Business Bureau and can get to know a lot about the kind of services that a company offers to its clients.

Check out the moving reviews

These days all the reputable and professional moving companies are present online regardless of the fact whether they are local or long-distance movers. So, checking reviews about these companies will tell you about the reliability of the company. You should not only read out the reviews given by their past clients but also check the official complaints that have been filed with the FMCSA. These are things that will ensure you about the company and its services.

Be wary of large deposit requirements

In case of a company is asking for a large deposit in advance which is more than 20% of the total amount, it means the company is not legitimate and you should move on to the other one. Even some reputable movers won’t ask for a single penny until the entire process completes.

Confirm that they are the mover not the broker

To find the movers whom you can trust completely, you need to confirm that you are dealing directly with the movers and not with a broker. Usually, a broker does not have any license to ship or transport your belongings, even the one has a deal with several moving companies therefore one will forward the job of transporting items to the company. Therefore, working with a broker comes with a risk and hiring directly a moving company is just an ideal option to relocate with ease.

Wrapping it all up!!!

Checking the credibility of a company requires a lot of research. You need to find out a lot of information regarding one which is the only way to ensure that you are making the deal with the right one. Nowadays, there are a lot of scammers present out there who just want to get money from you and they can also rob you. So, to save yourself make sure you choose only the best company whom you can trust so you don’t regret your decision later.

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Showmax and shriek: 15 movies to stream & scream this Halloween

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The Invisible Man, It: Chapter Two, Midsommar, Doctor Sleep, Freaky, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark & more

 

THE INVISIBLE MAN | Critically acclaimed blockbuster HG Wells’ adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss

 

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turns lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

 

Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in The Invisible Man, which was named Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie of 2020 in three categories: wide-release film, horror movie, and Australian film. The nail-biting horror is the eighth best-reviewed horror movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 91% critics’ rating.

 

Inspired by HG Wells’ novel, The Invisible Man is adapted and directed by award-winning horror aficionado Leigh Whannell, who co-created the Saw franchise. The cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Bly Manor); Black Reel award nominee Aldis Hodge (UndergroundHidden Figures); and BET and Teen Choice nominee Storm Reid (EuphoriaA Wrinkle in Time).

 

The 15th highest-grossing box office film of 2020 globally, The Invisible Man has won 40 international awards, including Best Horror Movie and Best Actress: Horror at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards, and was a 2020 People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Movie. As Rolling Stone says, “Alive with fresh thinking from Whannell and a dynamite Elisabeth Moss, this socially conscious horrorshow tips the old monster mash into way scarier sh*t about toxic masculinity that’s as timely as #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.”

 


IT: CHAPTER TWO | Award-winning, star-studded Stephen King adaptation

 

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the members of the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

 

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) stars as the adult Beverly Marsh, multiple-BAFTA winner James McAvoy (His Dark Materials and X-Men’s young Charles Xavier) plays Bill Denbrough, and Emmy winner Bill Hader (Barry) received four separate awards nominations for his role as the adult Richie Tozier.

 

A stellar cast of youngsters reprise their roles from the first film, including Teen Choice nominees Sophia Lillis (I Am Not Okay With This), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Are You Afraid of the Dark?), MTV Movie Awards winner Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!We Are Who We Are), and Critics Choice’ nominee Jaeden Martell (Knives OutSt. Vincent). Bill Skarsgård (The Devil All the TimeCastle Rock) also returns in his Teen Choice-nominated role as Pennywise.

 

It: Chapter Two won four Fright Meter Awards and was also nominated for four 2021 Saturn Awards, including Best Horror Film, two 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, and two IGN Summer Movie Awards. Empire Magazine calls it, “A psychologically merciless sequel,” saying, “everything here is as it should be: deeper, scarier, funnier. [Director] Muschietti in particular has stepped up, skilfully guiding us through a rollicking funhouse. It is obscenely entertaining.”

 

 


MIDSOMMAR 
| Folk horror from Ari Aster, starring Florence Pugh

 

In Midsommar, a troubled couple travels to a rural Swedish town’s fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

 

Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Little WomenBlack Widow) stars alongside the likes of Sundance Special Jury Prize winner Jack Reynor (Strange Angel) and Emmy nominee William Jackson Harper (The Underground RailroadThe Good Place).

Written and directed by multi-award-winning director Ari Aster (Hereditary), Midsommar won five 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, including Best Wide-Release Film, and 23 other accolades around the world. Earlier this year, Midsommar was also nominated for Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films. “If you’re looking for the scariest movie ever shot in blinding sunlight, the raw and riveting Midsommar is it,” says Rolling Stone.

Midsommar is the 44th best-reviewed horror of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 83% critics’ rating. As the critics’ consensus there says, “Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.”

FREAKY | Award-winning body-swap horror with Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn

 

Slasher comedy Freaky takes Freaky Friday to a whole new level when less-than-popular teenager Millie unintentionally switches bodies with the middle-aged serial killer terrorising her town. As the body count rises and the clock ticks down, Millie and her friends have less than 24 hours to stop Murder Barbie before the change becomes permanent…

 

Starring Young Artist Award winner Kathryn Newton (Big Little LiesThe Society) and MTV Movie Award, People’s Choice and Teen Choice winner Vince Vaughn (Wedding CrashersThe Break-Up), Freaky’s cast also includes Alan Ruck (SuccessionFerris Bueller’s Day Off).

Vaughn won Best Actor in a Horror Movie at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards, where Freaky was also up for Best Horror Movie and Newton was nominated for both Best Actress in a Horror Movie and Best Villain. Freaky also picked up nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Horror Film, the Fright Meter Awards for Best Actress (Newton) and the MTV Movie Awards for Most Frightened Performance (Vaughn).

Produced by triple-Oscar nominee Jason Blum (Get OutBlacKkKlansman) and directed by Christopher Landon (who directed Happy Death Day and wrote four of the Paranormal Activity films), Freaky has an 83% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with AV Club saying there’s “something oddly satisfying about unmasking a slasher movie to reveal the ’80s comedy lurking underneath.” As Slate says, “As strange as it may sound, Freaky is one of the 2020 movies that comes closest to being truly feel-good.”


DOCTOR SLEEP | Stephen King adaptation, starring Ewan McGregor, from Mike Flanagan

 

Stephen King’s horror classic Doctor Sleep picks up years after the events of The Shining, as a now-adult, alcoholic Dan Torrance finds himself protecting a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

 

Doctor Sleep was nominated for Best Film, Best Actor (Emmy winner Ewan McGregor from Fargo and Star Wars), and Best Director (Mike Flanagan of Midnight Mass, The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Haunting of Hill House fame) at both the Fright Meter and the Fangoria Chainsaw awards, with Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen and the Mission: Impossible movies) winning Best Supporting Actress at both.

 

Doctor Sleep has a 78% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says the horror “balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.”

 

 

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK | Award-winning horror, based on Guillermo del Toro’s screen story

 

From the dark imaginations of Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and acclaimed director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) comes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the iconic book series.

 

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind but the small town of Mill Valley seems far removed from the unrest in the cities. For generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large there. In their mansion on the edge of town, Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time – stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home…

 

Nominated for Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films earlier this year, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark won Best Horror/Thriller Film at the National Film and Television Awards in the USA as well as Best Creature FX at the 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, among other awards.

 

 

 

THE HUNT | Controversial Blumhouse horror starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank

 

Controversial horror The Hunt follows 12 strangers who wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen for a very specific purpose – the Hunt.

 

The Hunt was nominated for Best Action Movie at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards, where Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin (GLOW’s Debbie) won Best Actress: Action, beating out co-star Hilary Swank (a double-Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry), who was also nominated for Best Villain. The Hunt was also nominated for Best Wide-Release Film at the 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, among other accolades.

 

The Hunt is directed by Craig Zobel (Westworld, The Leftovers); written and produced by the Emmy-winning team behind Watchmen and The Leftovers, Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof; and exec produced by triple-Oscar nominee Jason Blum (Get OutBlacKkKlansman).

 

 

 

ANTEBELLUM | Slave plantation horror, starring Janelle Monáe & Gabourey Sidibe

 

Black Reel and Teen Choice Award winner Janelle Monáe (MoonlightHidden Figures) stars in the horror drama Antebellum as modern-day sociologist and author Dr Veronica Henley, who becomes trapped in a waking nightmare on a slave plantation.

 

Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (EmpirePrecious) was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress at this year’s Black Reel Awards, as well as at the 2021 Image Awards, where Monáe was also nominated for Outstanding Actress. Monáe also won both the Courage in Acting Award and Best Female Action Hero at the 2021 Women Film Critics’ Circle Awards, while director of photography Pedro Luque (Don’t BreatheThe Girl in the Spider’s Web) was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2020 Fright Meter Awards.

 

Produced by two-time Oscar nominee Sean McKittrick (Get OutUsBlacKkKlansman), Antebellum’s cast also includes award-winning Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa (Palm SpringsiZombie).

 

New York Post calls Antebellum “a breathless watch” and Variety a “terrifying – and incredibly timely – horror movie.


HEREDITARY 
| Award-winning Ari Aster horror starring Toni Collette

When Ellen passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel increasingly terrifying secrets about her life. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

 

Winner of 46 awards, including Best-Wide Release Film and Best Kill at the 2019 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Hereditary stars Oscar nominee Toni Collette (Unbelievable) and Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), who both won Chainsaw Awards for their roles. Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (Vikings), Golden Globe nominee Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Broadway child star Milly Shapiro (Matilda) co-star.

 

Hereditary is the fourteenth best reviewed horror movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film has an 89% score. As the critics’consensus there says, “Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.”


THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS | Oscar-winning classic with Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

 

Dr. Hannibal Lecter and FBI Agent Clarice Starling remain the most iconic roles of the Oscar-winning juggernauts Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, who played them three decades ago in The Silence of the Lambs, which follows Starling as she is forced to seek out the help of a manipulative cannibal in order to track down a sadistic new serial killer.

 

The seminal psychological horror was the fourth-biggest film of 1991 and won five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), Best Director for Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia), and Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Ted Tally’s (All the Pretty Horses) adaptation of Thomas Harris’ best-selling novel.

 

It’s currently at #21 on IMDb’s list of the Top-Rated Movies of all-time, with an 8.6/10 score, and is Rotten Tomatoes’ 20th highest-rated horror movie of all time, with a 96% critics’ rating. Rolling Stone called it “mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time,” and Boston Globe “stylish, intelligent, audacious… and stolen by a suave monster you’ll never forget.”

TRIGGERED | SAFTA-winning SA horror released internationally

 

Filmed only at night on a farm in Swellendam, Triggered is a 2021 SAFTA-winning horror movie directed and co-written by Alastair Orr (Axis Mundi).

 

The explosive horror follows nine former high school friends who celebrate their five-year reunion camping in a forest. Terror strikes when they wake up with suicide bombs strapped to their chests, all with varying times on their countdown clocks… and the only way to survive is by “stealing” time from one another.

The ensemble cast includes Reine Swart (SAFTA and AMAA-nominee for Siembamba), Liesl Ahlers (Friend Request), Russell Crous (The Watch, Escape Room), SAFTA winner Craig Urbani (Isidingo) and multi-award-winning actor Sean Cameron Michael (Black Sails,Fried Barry).

“It’s engineered to shock, but it’s so successful in its gore-soaked ambitions – right up to its fittingly explosive climax – that a franchise surely beckons,” says Radio Times.

 

 

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS | Starter horror for teens, from Eli Roth

 

Ten-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his strange uncle in a creaky old house whose walls contain a mysterious tick-tocking magic. When Lewis accidentally disturbs the dead, the sleepy town comes alive with dark witchery.

 

Based on John Bellairs’ children’s book, The House With A Clock In Its Walls stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Golden Globe nominee Jack Black, as well as Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks).

 

Rated 10-12PGVH, the #1 USA box office hit is the first younger-audience film from gore maestro Eli Roth (HostelCabin Fever), who’s called it a “starter horror movie.”  Slate calls it “a bullseye… perfectly balanced between funny and scary.”

 

RAGE | Star-studded local horror from 2021 SXSW winner Jaco Bouwer

 

In Rage, a group of school-leavers descend on a tiny coastal town for a celebration of their freedom. Roxy, Sihle, Kyle, Leon, Tamsyn and Neo party on the beach and drink themselves silly every night. The townsfolk, Hermien and her son Albert, are welcoming – too welcoming. During a psychedelic trip on the beach, the friends witness a disturbing birth ritual, which could be a hallucination, or not. Soon fertility figurines start to appear at random places, and what is supposed to be the best holiday of their lives turns to horror as the teenagers are picked off one by one.

 

Rage is directed by Jaco Bouwer, a multi-award-winning theatre director who was SAFTA-nominated for Dwaalster and earned global acclaimed for his next horror, Gaia, which won the cinematography award at SXSW 2021 and has an 83% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

Nicole Fortuin (Indemnity, Flatland) stars as Tamsyn, with The Girl From St Agnes’ breakout stars Jane de Wet (Griekwastad, Moffie) and Tristan de Beer (Raised by Wolves, Alles Malan) as Roxy and Kyle. The cast also includes two-time Silwerskerm winner Carel Nel (Gaia, Dwaalster); two-time Vita winner Lida Botha (4 Mure); Shalima Mkongi (Isithembiso, Keeping Score); Fiesta, Kanna and Fleur du Cap nominee David Viviers (Kanarie, Tali’s Baby Diaries); and Sihle Mnqwazana, who co-wrote and acted in The Fall, a New York Times critics’ choice play.

 

Rage has been hailed as ‘briljant’ (Son), “hair raising” (Daily Sun), “gripping” (IOL), “scary as hell” (9Lives), “quite stunning and brilliantly filmed” (Channel24), and “genuinely creepy… one of the best attempts at the genre ever made in this country” (Fortress of Solitude), with Daily Maverick saying it will “scare the living daylights out of you.”

 

DANIEL ISN’T REAL | Award-winning psychological horror starring Patrick Schwarzenegger

 

As a child, Luke witnessed something terrible, something only his imaginary friend Daniel could help him through. Now a troubled college freshman, Luke is struggling to cope, until his best friend turns up once more. But Daniel is dangerous, and he’s already inside Luke’s head…

 

Winner of both Best Feature and Best Director at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and nominated for Best Limited Release Film at the 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Daniel Isn’t Real stars Miles Robbins (Mozart in the JungleHalloween) as Luke, in a performance that won Best Actor at Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival. Daniel Isn’t Real has an 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “Daniel Isn’t Real, but the smart, stylish fun waiting for genre lovers in this well-acted suspense thriller is completely genuine.”

 

Arnie’s son Patrick Schwarzenegger (Midnight Sun) plays Daniel and the cast includes Black Reel and Empire Award nominee Sasha Lane (UtopiaAmerican Honey); Satellite Award nominee Mary Stuart Masterson (For LifeBlindspot), Chukwudi Iwuji (Designated SurvivorWhen They See Us); and SXSW Gamechanger Award winner Hannah Marks (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency).

BLADE (BOXSET) | Classic vampire horror with Wesley Snipes

 

Calling all Blade fans – Marvel recently gave us awesome news: production is due to start next year on the revival of Blade, with double-Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Green BookTrue DetectiveRamy) as the iconic vampire hunter.

 

So what better way to celebrate Halloween than a weekend binge with Wesley Snipes in the cult comic book trilogy BladeBlade II, and Blade: Trinity, all written by David S. Goyer (The Dark KnightBatman BeginsDark City), who directed the third instalment.

 

The franchise grossed over $400 million worldwide, with double-Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of WaterPan’s Labyrinth) helming the sequel and a supporting cast across the series that includes Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, Emmy nominee Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Oscar nominee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner Kris Kristofferson, Hellboy star Ron Perlman, The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, and Dominic Purcell (Legends of TomorrowPrison Break).

 

CAN’T SLEEP? THAT’S JUST THE MOVIES

Showmax is also home to a wide-range of hit horror shows, from brand-new hits like Chucky S1 to Emmy winners like Lovecraft Countryand The Walking Dead to Emmy nominees like What We Do In The Shadows and American Horror Story: Apocalypse to Stephen King adaptation The Stand. For more options, just check out the ScareMax row on your Showmax homepage.

 

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Joseph Arning makes top 10 finalist for YouTube original series, Instant Influencer

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Joseph Arning is a Ghanaian-American multimedia artist and Influencer makes top 10 finalist for YouTube original series, Instant Influencer, season two!

 

He was born in Germany and raised in Ghana, Kenya, and the United States. His mother is a United States Army Veteran who exposed him to a variety of cultures at a young age.

Joseph uploaded his first video to the platform YouTube at the age of eight, which was brand new at the time. By 11 years old he would then go on to experiment with stop motion animation and create short videos with his friends.

Throughout high school, he would make short videos documenting his life and hobbies on Instagram and YouTube. He used a social media as a way to connect with people during the loneliest times of his life. Joseph uses his art as a way to share his experiences and connect with people from all around the world. He believes that his art and videos are a medium to bring people together and connect through shared experiences.

In March of 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown, he spent most of his time uploading videos of his art process to the platform TikTok. These videos were extremely successful and received 100 million views by the end of the year. By January of 2021, he gained over 300,000 followers and counting.

In April 2021 he uploaded his audition video for the YouTube original series Instant Influencer and was chosen as one of the 10 finalists. The show premieres on October 27 and artists from all over the United States will be competing for a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000.

Joseph Arning is a senior at Rutgers University where he is completing his degree in Health Administration, Digital Communication, Information, and Media. He continues to pursue his education while maintaining his platform of over half a million followers.

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