Ghanaian actor and a Parliamentary Candidate for the National Democratic Congress in Ayawaso West Wuguon, John Dumelo, has disproved the attestation that Nigerians produce quality films than Ghanaians.
Addressing Umaru Sanda on Citi TV’s ‘Up close and personal’, Mr. Dumelo said with regards to amount, Nigerians produce a larger number of movies than Ghanaians because of their large numbers however concerning quality, he trusts Ghanaians are at standard with Nigerians.
“Due to their population, naturally they would have more producers than us but in terms of quality of films, in terms of delivery, storyline we are at par,” he said.
When asked what he would do to improve the movie industry if he were a Creative Arts Minister, he said he would ensure that creatives make use of the digital tools for marketing their crafts and benefit from them.
“I think for us like I said, migrating for the physical to the digital platform will be the first one,” he said.
Mr. Dumelo continued: “And number two; being able to help the creative arts industry in Ghana. Look, Kwame Nkrumah had a wonderful vision for Ghana in terms of Creative Arts and of course, he set up GAMA Films and so on and so forth. He had an interest in it. The thing we don’t realize is that the creative arts can sell a country to a different level.”
He further argued that well-structured tourism and the creative arts sector can drive the economy because elsewhere in the Caribbean, their economies are thriving hugely in this sector.
John Dumelo Biography
Mr. John Dumelo is a Ghanaian actor, farmer, and politician. He had his basic education at Christ the King School in Accra, attended Achimota School, and further studied Civil Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He later enrolled in GIMPA’s School of Public Service and Governance. He made his film debut in a 1991 movie called ‘Baby Thief’. Other movies he has starred in are ‘4Play’, ‘A Northern Affair’, ‘Adams’ Apples film series’, ‘A Private Storm’, ‘After the Wedding’, ‘Chelsea’, among others.
Come December 7, 2020, he will be contesting the incumbent Member Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Lydia Alhassan in the elections.