Entertainment of Thursday, 24 May 2012
International magazine Vogue has described award-winning Ghanaian actor John Dumelo as an idol of female viewers across Africa in its latest edition.
John Dumelo was also described as a young entrepreneur and a jack of all trades: actor, screenwriter, manufacturer of perfumes and fashion, and in the near future, film producer.
“Next year he will do two: one here and another in England. Yet he is also a regular guy who appreciates his good fortune and is thankful for it.
He has a great respect for women and sees them as being not just important but fundamental in the workplace and for the empowerment of the country,” the magazine said.
Currently, the suave-looking actor who appeals to most African females is enjoying the international spotlight, courtesy a feature in the Italian edition of the internationally acclaimed Vogue Magazine.
The magazine is circulated to millions of readers across Italy and beyond. Persons who read will have the opportunity to get to know the Ghanaian actor.
The feature on John, which has both Italian and English versions, is also on Vogue’s international website at http://www.vogue.it/uomo-vogue/stars/2012/05/john-dumelo.
Indications are that the Vogue team interviewed John during the launching of his J Melo designers in Accra some months back.
It highlighted on the actor’s exploits in Ghana and Nigeria’s movie industry as well as his dreams of getting international exposure.
It also elaborated on Dumelo’s J Melo Collections and its significance to his career.
The past two years have been years of laurels and fortunes for Dumelo. He lifted Ghana’s flag high in Australia at the last Afro Australia Music & Movie Awards where he received this year’s ‘Best Outstanding African Male Actor 2011’ for his performance in the Ghanaian and Nigerian movie industries.
Prior to that, he won the Best Actor In A Supporting role for his role in ‘The Game’ at the first ever Ghana Movie Awards in 2010.
In July 2010, he won Best Actor at the Terracotta Awards held to celebrate excellence in talent and creativity in the Nigerian film and television industry.
Earlier that year, he was nominated for African Academy Awards (AMAA) Most Promising Actor of the Year for his role in the controversial movie, ‘Heart Of Men’.
In 2009, he was also voted Ghana’s Best Actor at the ‘Joy FM Night With The Stars’.
He was adjudged Best Actor, Supporting Role at the 2010 Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA) held at North Carolina in the United States.
His history in Ghana’s movie industry is an interesting one which is no secret to many fans.
He read Civil Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology after high school at Achimota High School.
He started acting when he was only a 7-year-old boy at Christ the King School. His first role was as ‘Saka’ in the movie ‘Baby Thief’, a GAMA Films production. But he went off the screen and resurfaced years later via TV series ‘About To Wed.’
He has since taken up lead roles in a tall list of hit movies including ‘The, King is Mine’ ‘The Perfect Picture’, ‘Chelsea’, ‘Heart of Men’, ‘The Game’, ‘Scent of A Woman’, ‘Pirates of the Night’, ‘Deadly Passion’, ‘Material Girl’, ‘Prince’s Bride’ and ‘Men In Love’.**