Actor John Dumelo who has been heavily criticized for posting the picture of a university graduate hawking on the streets, has apologized as well as promised to also sell bread on the streets too.
On Saturday May 18, 2017, John Dumelo posted on his Instagram page a photo of the KNUST graduate, Godfred Obeng Boateng selling bread on the street and wrote:
“Just saw a KNUST grad hawking in traffic…What went wrong?”
Some Ghanaians, however, descended heavily on Dumelo over the post. After immense pressure, John deleted the post without apologizing. However, it seems John has finally decided to apologize for his post. His apology reads:
“I just had an extremely gracious phone conversation with Kweku Vito aka Godfred the hawker and apologized to him for misjudging his inspiring and humble actions by selling on streets with his employees.
“I must say however, that this is not at all like me especially as I have been promoting startups and young entrepreneurs. As a matter of fact, since January, I’ve have 10 graduate students undergoing start up programs under the John Dumelo Foundation.
“I was totally out of order on this one and I sincerely apologize to everyone especially the hard working hawkers who endure the sun just to make ends meet.”
After apologizing, John promised to empathize with the young entrepreneur:
“I will soon join him on the streets to experience this selfless act for myself. Very inspiring.”
Godfred Obeng Boateng is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology (KNUST) and the Chief Executive Officer of bakery company, A1 Bread.