In the world of Nigerian entertainment, Professor Helen Paul, also known as Tatafo, has carved a niche for herself with her unique voice range that makes her sound like a child. Born on May 1, 1983, in Lagos, she is a multi-talented individual who has achieved success as a comedian, actress, and singer. Let’s delve into the life and career of this extraordinary entertainer.
Early Life and Education:
Helen Paul was raised by her grandmother in Lagos after being born on January 29, 1978. She pursued her education at the University of Lagos, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in 2010. She continued her studies and earned a master’s degree in 2012, followed by a doctorate degree in theatre arts in 2019. Additionally, she has obtained professional credentials from prestigious institutions such as the Pan-African University’s School of Media and Communications and Nigeria’s Federal Radio Corporation.
Helen Paul’s career journey has seen her work as both a freelance and full-time presenter for various media outlets in Nigeria. She has lent her talent to Lagos Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), and MNet, where she currently co-presents the show “JARA” on Africa Magic. She made her debut as a comic character named “Tatafo” on the radio show “Wetin Dey” on Radio Continental 102.3FM in Lagos. Through this character, she cleverly satirizes and lampoons societal issues.
Aside from her work in broadcasting, Helen Paul has also hosted shows on TVC and Naija FM 102.7. In 2012, she released her debut album titled “Welcome Party,” featuring Afro-Pop songs like “Boju Boju,” “Vernacular,” “Gbedu,” and “God Forbid.” She later recorded several singles, including “Take It Back” and “Never Knew,” which was released in 2018 and reflects on her early years and professional achievements.
Helen Paul is not only a talented entertainer but also an astute entrepreneur. In 2012, she opened “Massive Fabrics and Bridals,” a wedding and fabric business in Lagos. Over time, she expanded her business and now operates three additional boutiques in different areas of Lagos. In 2014, she founded the Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy, providing aspiring actors and filmmakers with a platform to hone their skills.
Movies and Songs:
Helen Paul has made her mark in the Nigerian film industry with notable appearances in movies such as “Damage” (2011), “The Return of Jenifa” (2011), “The Place” (2012), and “When Love Happens” (2014). She has also released songs, including “Gbedu,” “Boju Boju,” “God Forbid,” and “Take It Back,” showcasing her versatility as an artist.
Awards and Recognition:
Professor Helen Paul’s remarkable talent has earned her several accolades. In 2012, she was awarded Comedienne of the Year at the African Film Awards (Afro-Hollywood, UK). She was also honored as Female TV Presenter of the Year at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards in the same year. Her contributions to the entertainment industry have been recognized by the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards and City People Entertainment Magazine, among others.
Helen Paul is happily married to her husband, Femi Bamisile, and their union has been blessed with two sons. In a heartfelt dedication, she completed her PhD in theatre arts from the University of Lagos in 2019, honoring her mother’s memory.
Professor Helen Paul, widely known as Tatafo, has proven herself as a multi-talented Nigerian entertainer. Her ability to captivate audiences with her comedic skills, acting prowess, and melodious voice sets her apart in the industry. With her dedication to her craft and entrepreneurial ventures, she continues to inspire aspiring entertainers and leave an indelible mark on the Nigerian entertainment scene.