John Dumelo (born 3 February 1984) is a Ghanaianactor, farmer and politician. On 1 April 2014 he emerged as the first Ghanaian to hit a million likes on Facebook. His parents are Mr. John Dumelo who was a Civil Engineer and Mrs. Antoinette Dumelo a Customs Officer
Dumelo was born in Ghana and had his basic education at Christ the King School in Accra.
He attended Achimota School was part of the Drama Club and also won the Fliers Guy in Mo-TOWN prize. and further studied Civil Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He contested in “Mr University” won at KNUST. Later, he enrolled in GIMPA’s School of Public Service and Governance. He started acting in the early 1990s in a 1991 movie called Baby Thief while he was attending Christ the King School and was paid 20 thousand (currently 2 cedis) at age 7 years.
John Dumelo is married to Gifty Mawunya Nkornu. He held a grand wedding at Royal Senchi Resort in Akosombo. The couple’s first child was born on 16 October 2018. He is named John Dumelo Jnr. after his father.
He has acted in over 50 movies.
|2010||Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||The Maidens||Nominated|
|Africa Movie Academy Awards||Most Promising Actor||Heart of Men||Nominated|
|2011||Afro Australian Movies and Music Awards||African Most outstanding Actor||Won|
|Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Actor in a supporting role||A Private Storm||Nominated|
|2012||Ghana Movie Awards||Best actor in a Lead role||Queen Latifa||Nominated|
|2013||Ghana Movie Awards||Best Actor in a lead role||A Northern Affair||Won|
|2017||2017 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ougadougou (FESPACO)||Best Actor West Africa||A Northern Affair||Won|
Aside being an actor of international recognition, John Dumelo is an entrepreneur. He launched his clothing line (J.Melo) in 2012. The Actor is also known to be involved in both Crop and Animal farming.
During the National Democratic Congress (Ghana) NDC Party’s Campaign In 2016, Dumelo was one of the most influential and outstanding celebrities who were seen campaigning for the NDC Government.
Rumours have spread that, as an appreciation for his engagement and patriotism to the Party, he was called and appointed by the former president of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama, to serve his Party as a Director of Operations for pro-NDC youth group for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
John Dumelo on the 19th of July 2019, picked up a nomination form to contest in the NDC primaries as a parliamentary candidate . On August 24th 2019, he won the NDC parliamentary primaries to represent the NDC in Ayawaso West Wougon Constituency in the 2020 General Elections.
He successfully launched his campaign manifesto for the 2020 Election on Sunday 18th October, 2020 promising to commit half of his salary to youth development in the constituency if voted for. On December 7, 2020, John Dumelo lost the parliamentary elections to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) incumbent Lydia Alhassan for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.