Before we finally got to actually do this interview, Joselyn Dumas (“S” is silent in Dumas, so pronounced as “Duma”) and I had spoken, texted and emailed each other like God only knows how many times. We have been going back and forth for about four months since the first day I spoke to her about getting an interview feature done.
Well, four months down the line, after a lot of phone calls, meeting ups, text messaging and email exchanges (lost in translation due to Nigerian mobile network issues), we finally got her to take time from her hectic schedule to do this! Phew….
Well, to bring you up to speed with Joselyn Dumas, she was born and raised in Ghana, where she had her early education and continued to the United States where she studied to become a Paralegal. She moved back home to Accra, Ghana some five years ago and has never looked back since then.
In Nigeria, we all got to know about this damsel when she play the video vixen as the bride in Nigerian hit making artist Lynxxx “Fine Lady” Featuring Wizkid video.According to Ms Dumas,“Lynxxx is a good friend and when he asked me to play the bride in his video I was excited, hey he's eye candy….lol”, well who wouldn’t resist playing alongside Lynxxx – the hotie! I asked if she would ever consider playing a video vixen again, she said, “never say Never! but for now I would say no!”.
The thing a lot of people, especially here in Nigeria do not know about Ms Dumas is that she has always been keen on entertainment and the arts for as long as she can remember, she was in the debaters and drama clubs back in school, that was when a very good friend of hers took her to audition for a show with Charter House, an events and production company and the rest they say is history.
Prior to her new MNe tTV show “@ Home With Joselyn Dumas”, which she took over from fellow Ghanaian TV personality Michelle Attoh, she had worked on other projects including a TV show “The One Show and acted in a few movies and TV series. She was also in the “Diamonds From Africa” Campaign with other TV personalities such as OsasIghodaro, Dzigbordi Kwaku-Dosoo, Anita Erskine, Michelle Attoh and Geeta Sidhu-Robb. Currently, she is working on her web series “Boudoir”. Ms Dumas is also the face of luxury automobile brand- Range Rover Evoque in Ghana. Quite an impressive resume!
She visited Lagos recently for press rounds to promote “@ Home With Joselyn Dumas”, where we got to meet this beautiful, humble and talented lady. She talks exclusively to OnoBello.com and shares how it all started, plans for the future and how she keeps that gorgeous figure in check!
OB: How did you get into TV presenting?
JD: I've always been keen on entertainment and the arts for as long as I can remember, was in the debaters and drama clubs back in school, so a very good friend took me to audition for a show with charter house an events and production company and the rest they say is history.
OB: Tell us about your previous show, “The One Show” and web series, what were they about?
JD: I started hosting the one show about three years ago on Viasat 1 and I thank God for the opportunity. I was head hunted for the position and I'm always grateful to Viasat 1 television for the opportunity. I have a new web series coming out called “Boudoir”.
OB: You are also an actress and have been in some movies and TV series, any plans for acting in the near future? If so, tell us what do you have lined up?
JD: I love acting and I thank God for this talent… I have a lot coming up this year and I'm particularly excited about the few I have lined up in Nigeria.
OB: You were the face of Range Rover Evoque in Ghana, apart from landing a huge deal like that, what were the perks you got that people probably never got to know about?
JD: Wow I guess driving such a beautiful car is a perk on its own hahahaha….and what my fans and supporters should know is their support for me is always welcome and I appreciate them.
OB: What is happening with your project as co-producer on Miss Malaika?
JD: Ooh I don't work with Charter House the production company responsible for the pageant, however, I have an amazing relationship with them and this year I'm mentoring the girls. Very excited about that.
OB: Your new show, “@ home with Joselyn Dumas”, is this going to be a long term thing with you as the host?
JD: Yes it will be, my management team ifactorylive are the producers of the show and I thank God for this opportunity.
OB: What new angle and fresh ideas are you bringing to the show?
JD: More of myself as it's very chatty conversational and my guests relax and feel at home….We gist like we will when I get a visit from friends….
OB: Can you name some of the Nigerian celebrities you will be interviewing soon?
JD: Oh wow looking forward to interviewing in the industry. Africa and Nigeria for that matter has a lot of talent in all the sectors so I'd like to have a conversation with everyone.
At interview with MNet5 3 Extra at Eko Hotel &
Suits in Victoria Island, Lagos
Wearing a Nichole By Haguanna bib necklace
at MNet Lagos Office
Being interviewed by a Nigerian newspaper journalist
Wearing a Nichole By Haguanna layered beaded
With friend & Zedeye at the Beat99.9FM radio
station in Lagos
Wearing a Nichole By Haguanna bib necklace with friend & Biola Alabi,
Managing Director of MNet Africa in Lagos
OB: Now to fashion, tell us about your personal style?
JD: I live by Leonardo Da Vinci's quote “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” classy, simple and comfort mean so much to me.
OB: Are you a shoes or handbags kind of girl?
JD: Yes yesyes to both!
OB: What designers do you favour?
JD: I love things made in Africa, I wear a lot of DuabaSerwa pieces, She by Bena. And in terms of the Western designers I'm not too fussed as long as it looks good I'll wear it.
OB: What do you do when you're having a bad hair day?
JD: I like scarves and I make sure my makeup is a tad bit pronounced to take attention from the hair. Hhahahahaha…
OB: What's your beauty routine and secret?
JD: Drink a lot of water and I get a lot of good exercise.
OB: What beauty/makeup products do you swear by?
JD: Mascara and my lip-gloss from Lancôme
OB: Tell us about your weight loss and presently keeping your figure fabulous and in check?
JD: I exercise regularly and I try to eat healthy emphasis on “TRY”.
OB: Are you in a relationship now?
OB: What next should we expect from Joselyn Dumas?
JD: A lot wish I could share but watch this space …..lol
Watch Video Of Diamonds From Africa Promo
Watch Trailer Of The One Show
Watch Trailer To Web Series Boudoir
Watch Trailer To “@ Home With Jocelyn Dumas”
For more information on Joselyn Dumas, visit her Website: http://joselyncanfordumas.com/
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