(Outstanding Female Entertainer)
Helen Paul is also known as Tatafo is a Nigerian comedienne, compère, singer, media personality, and actress. She was born on January 29, 1978, and was brought up by her grandmother in Lagos. After her secondary education, she attended the University of Lagos where she obtained her Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degree in Theatre Arts in 2010, 2012 and 2019 respectively.
Also, she holds professional qualifications from reputable institutions. For instance, she obtained a Certification in Media Enterprise from the School of Media and Communications, Pan-African University. In addition, she has a Basic Presentation Certificate from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.
Helen Paul started as a front desk manager at the Eko FM studios. Thereafter, she became a backup singer and voice-over artist. She featured on several music projects with professional artists and music groups like Yinka Davies, Infinity, Olufunmi and P-Square.
According to her, doing the intro in P-Square’s Tell us a Story (2005) was a major breakthrough for her in the entertainment industry. Her unique voice was noticed. Not only that, but she also recorded radio jingles for companies and brands like Bank PHB, Indomie Noodles, Cowbell, Peak Milk, e.t.c. Moreover, in her comic role as Tatafo on Radio Continental 102.3FM, Wetin Dey also brought her to the limelight
Thereafter, she got into the university and her first professional comedy attempt was when she attended a show and the MC didn’t show up. Her friends encouraged her to fill in the gap, she did and to the delight of everyone, she performed exceptionally. That made people start inviting her to events. Subsequently, she met veteran comedians who mentored her on the business side of her talent.
Basically, Helen has worked and presented in several media houses in Nigeria. She worked with LTV8, Radio Continental, Naija FM, Continental Broadcasting Service and even Mnet where she still co-presents JARA with Uti Nwachukwu on Africa Magic to date.
In 2014, she became an ambassador to Glo. In 2015, she was endorsed by Harpic. Subsequently, she became an ambassador to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the March 28, 2015, general elections. Also, she is an ambassador to Ajinomoto seasoning and GoTV.
As an actress, she has released some short stories and has also starred in several movies some of which include; Damage, 2011; The Return of Jenifa, 2011, The Place, 2012; A Wish, 2012; Igboya, 2012; Mama Put, and Osas (Omoge Benin), 2012.
Others include Alakada2, 2014; Akii The Blind, 2014, Abiodun Kogberebe, 2014, When Love Happens, 2014, Life Burial, 2015 and Alakada reloaded, 2017.
Dr Helen Paul created the Helen Paul Theatre and Film Academy in 2014. It is an institution that offers training in audio production, studio recording, graphics, editing e.t.c. It was created to be a professional platform where budding artists can learn professional skills.
At the Academy, training are provided in accordance with the standards of the Federal Ministry of Education and National Board for technical education (NBTE)
Helen got married to Femi Bamisile in 2010, and the union is blessed with children.
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