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John Dumelo: Biography, Movies And Business Venture Of A Ghanaian Actor

John Dumelo

John Dumelo is an award-winning Ghanaian actor, farmer, philanthropist, politician, and a United Nations (UN) ambassador. He is also the founder of the John Dumelo Foundation and the first Ghanaian citizen to hit a million likes on Facebook in 2014.

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John Dumelo Background

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John Dumelo was born on the 3rd of February 1984 in Hohoe, Volta Region, Ghana, to Mr John Dumelo and Mrs Antoinette Dumelo as the only boy and last child of three children.

He went to primary school at Christ the King International School, Accra. After, he enrolled at Achimota School for his secondary education. On completing his secondary education, John went on to the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, where he studied Civil Engineering.

John Dumelo is married to Gifty Mawunya Nkornu, and they are blessed with a son.

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John Dumelo Career

The Ghanaian celebrity never dreamt of being an actor, but life happened. When John Dumelo was seven years old, movie producers from the GAMA film company visited his school to audition children who would feature in the movie – Baby Thief. John Dumelo was chosen to play Saka – one of the lead characters.

After secondary school, he featured in Ghanaian soap operas – Suncity and About to Wed. John Dumelo got his big break and came to limelight in 2008, with the movie – The King Is Mine. Thus far, John Dumelo has featured in over 80 movies and has won several awards.

Asides acting, John Dumelo is also an industrious and hardworking man. He owns a large expanse of land where he rears grass cutters and snail. He also grows crops like corn, beans, lettuce, cucumber etc. for commercial purposes.

John Dumelo is also a shareholder in one of the biggest I.T companies in Ghana.    

John Dumelo’s Filmography

1991 – 2011

  • Baby Thief – 1991
  • Hearts of Men – 2009
  • The Prince Bride – 2009
  • To Love a Prince – 2009
  • 4Play – 2010
  • A Private Storm – 2010
  • Chelsea – 2010
  • Gold Not Silver – 2010
  • Queen’s Pride – 2010
  • Secret Shadows – 2010
  • The Game – 2010
  • The King is Mine – 2010
  • The Maidens – 2010
  • Adams Apples film series – 2011 – 2012  
  • End of Mirror of Life – 2011
  • Humble Hero – 2011
  • Single Six – 2011
  • Ties that Bind – 2011

2012 – 2018

  • Blackmoney – 2012
  • End of Brides War – 2012
  • The Supremo – 2012
  • A Night with Her – 2013
  • Blind Lust – 2013
  • Crime Suspect – 2013
  • Letters to my Mother – 2013
  • Never Again – 2013
  • One Night in Vegas – 2013
  • A Northern Affair – 2014
  • Double Cross – 2014
  • Final Innocent Sin – 2014
  • Ghetto Queen – 2014
  • Love or Something Like That – 2014
  • Single, Married and Complicated – 2014
  • Tales Of Nazir – The Movie – 2015
  • Beautiful Ruins – 2016
  • If God Be for Us – 2016
  • Of Sentimental Value – 2016
  • Love Alone – 2017
  • Black Men Rock – 2018
  • Hero – 2018
John Dumelo

J.melo Fashion Brand

John Dumelo launched his fashion line, J.melo Fashion Brand on the 27th of December, 2011, at the Golden Tulip Hotel Accra. J.melo Fashion Brand sells casual African clothes, male boxer shorts, Jewelleries, handbags designed by Ani Siyah, and original hair weaves. He pledged to give 20% of all sales proceeds to his foundation – the John Dumelo Foundation.

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John Dumelo’s Political Exploits

John Dumelo was one of the celebrities that campaigned for the National Democratic Congress Ghana (NDC) during their 2016 election. Also, on the 19th of July 2019, John Dumelo picked the NDC nomination form to contest in its primary election as a parliamentary candidate. The party held its primary election on the 24th of August 2019, with John Dumelo emerging as the winner. Hence, he would be contesting to represent the Ayawaso West Wougon Constituency in the 2020 general elections.

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John Dumelo Quotes

“We need a technological approach to achieve the agricultural revolution. We can’t compete with the West with our cutlass and hoe lifestyle.”

“I’ve always said agriculture is the new gold. Together we can make the change we seek.”

“Everyone in this world works based on their time zone. Everyone is running in their own time. Life is about waiting for the right moment to act. Your time will come…”

“I love it when people say I can’t do it, or it can’t be done. Those words inspire me to get it done!”

Women empowerment is a great catalyst for any nation’s development. Women should encourage women to empower themselves, tell their story, chase their dreams and make the world a better place.”

“A man who’s not afraid to cross a bridge, not knowing what’s on the other side, is a man who’s ready to be successful…”

“The wealth of Africa is its people. Investing in the human capital of our own will unavoidably create wealth…”

“Africa can be the breadbasket of the world. It’s time we the youth take charge and develop a passion for agriculture. The future awaits us…”

“Stop waiting for something great to come along or even to expect a perfect time to start something great. Now is the best time to start.”

“The smallest of thoughts have the potential to become the biggest of successes…”

Awards And Nominations Of John Dumelo

  • Joy FM named him the Best Ghanaian Actor – 2009  
  • Best of Nollywood Awards nominee for the Best Actor in a Leading Role – 2010
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards nominee for the Most Promising Actor – 2010
  • Afro Australian Movies and Music Awards named him the African Most Outstanding Actor – 2011                              
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards nominee for the Best Actor in a supporting role – 2011
  • Nominated at the Ghana Movie Awards for the Best Actor in a lead role – 2012
  • Ghana Movie Awards for the Best Actor in a lead role – 2013
  • City People Movie Award nominee for Best Actor of the Year (Ghana) – 2014
  • Nominated at the City People Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Year (Ghana) – 2016
  • City People Movie Award nominee for Best Actor of the Year (Ghana) – 2016
  • Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) Award for the Best Actor West Africa – 2017.

Net Worth Of John Dumelo

According to ghlinks.com.gh, John Dumelo’s net worth was estimated at $1million in 2018.

Business Lessons From John Dumelo

John Dumelo is not just an actor but a successful entrepreneur and politician. Dumelo has shown that you can have multiple streams of income and not put all your eggs in one basket.

As an entrepreneur, you need to diversify your business. As you stabilize on a product or service offering, pay attention to your clients and look for other complementary services that they require. Develop the product or service and cross-sell to them. Having a business model that allows you to have multiple means of revenue helps in business sustainability.

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Image Credit: @johndumelo1 (Instagram)



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