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I used to be a Mass Server - John Dumelo. Image credit - Kuulpeeps

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He made it known that it all started when he starred in his maiden movie, entitled Baby Thief, in 1991.
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, John Dumelo, has disclosed that he was a mass server in his formative years at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tema.

According to the actor, who claims to be a staunch Catholic, his mother planned for him to be a priest, but her plans hit a snag because he had other ideas.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, John Dumelo.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, John Dumelo.

In an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi TV's ‘Face To Face’ programme, the actor explained how he got into the movie industry.  

He made it known that it all started when he starred in his maiden movie, entitled Baby Thief, in 1991.

According to him, the production team was casting for the movie, and was looking for a male and a female for the role.

He noted that the team came to his school, Christ The King School, and decided to give him and his sister a shot.

He stated he was paid GHS 20,000.00 at the time which is now GH2.00.

He rejected the assertion that Nigeria is streets ahead of Ghana in terms movies.

He explained that due to their huge population, they would naturally have more producers than Ghana, but in terms of quality movies, both countries are at par.

Queried on whether Nigerian actors are paid more than Ghanaian actors, he maintained that it is relative.

He stated that payment depends on the actor's negotiation power with producers.

He also said that the Ghana movie industry lacks transformation on to the technological platform.

He advised that it is time to migrate on to the digital platform, so that movies could be watched on websites.

Asked how current movie producers recoup their investments in the face of the copyright canker, he espoused that there are paying platforms where producers sell the rights to online platforms to rake in their investment.

John Dumelo condemned media houses that show movies on their networks without prior consent of producers.

According to him, it is wrong and not fair. He implored such media houses to negotiate with producers before showing their movies.

He, however, admitted that piracy is a global problem the world is battling with.

John Dumelo has starred in countless Ghanaian movies and collaborated with Nigerian actors on movie projects.

Some of the movies he has starred in are Ties That Bind, 4Play, A Northern Affair, and Mirror of Life.

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