John Dumelo Calls Recent Story of Him Picking Shirley Frimpong Manso Over Leila Djansi BS | Says a Section of the Media is Just Planting Rivalry Between Shirley & Leila

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Razz Newspaper


A false publication was as usual picked by several Ghanaian media outlets about a week ago, which stated among other things that Ghanaian actor-John Dumelo had picked Shirley Frimpong Manso over Leila Djansi—conjuring from the sky some sort of rivalry between the two film-makers…

According to today’s issue of Razz Newspaper which comes out every Wednesday (don’t forget to grab a copy), John Dumelo has called the story BS.

John Dumelo added that, it is just a “section of the Ghanaian media for trying to create rivalry between Shirley and Leila by twisting and reading meanings into a statement he made about Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s new film movie, Love Or Something Like That.”

Personally, I read some of these stories and I just SMDH. If John Dumelo has worked with a film-maker and he feels that his latest lead role is the best so far, what is that got to do with Leila Djansi? Has John Dumelo not equally worked with other film-makers like Abdul Sallam? So why did the story not say, John Dumelo picked Shirley Frimpong Manso over Abdul Sallam?

It doesn’t take a degree in mathematics to deduct that, John Dumelo will probably say his lead role with another film-maker is the best so far when that film is his latest and he is on a stage to help with publicity or promo for the movie. Geez!

Read below for the full report as captured by Razz Newspaper;


Ghanaian actor, John Dumelo, has criticized a section of the Ghanaian media for trying to create rivalry between Shirley and Leila by twisting and reading meanings into a statement he made about Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s new film movie, ‘Love Or Something Like That.’

Just after the premiere of the movie, ‘Love Or Something Like That’ at the National Theatre last week which was heavily-attended by many including Hon. Oye Lithur and other dignitaries, John Dumelo made a categorical statement saying, “There is Hollywood, there is Bollywood and then there is Shirley Frimpong-Manso making Africa proud.”

According to him, after making that statement, a section of the media have decided to twist the statement and turn it round to make it look as if he has endorsed Shirley over Leila Djansi. He added that, the statement he made after the showing of the movie has nothing do with endorsing a particular filmmaker over the other.

“If I shoot a movie for any production house or any director and it’s a good film, I say it with confidence. My statement has nothing to do with endorsing any filmmaker over the other,” John explained.

“How many times haven’t I praised filmmakers doing great jobs in Africa? So, if I praise someone and the media decides to compare it to a particular personality to suit their medium, I will just reserve my comments,” John added.

He stated that in 2013, when he first won his first major award at the 2013 Ghana Movie Awards for his performance in Leila Djansi’s film ‘Northern Affairs ’ which also starred Jocelyn Dumas: he professed that Leila is a great director and a great filmmaker.

He also said that the media is doing their work and he don’t have any problem with that, but, but it sounds confusing when his words are misconstrued.

As to who’s superior between the two female filmmakers, John Dumelo said they are all doing quality movies and that he’s not in any position to tell Ghanaians who’s superior and who’s not. He advised that, the media try not to use their platforms to fuel rivalry which does not exist.

Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Founding Editor
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Adukus Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: [email protected]


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