Helen Paul (born 1 May 1983) is a Nigerian comedian, singer and actress. She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that makes her sound like a child.
She graduated with a doctorate in Theater Arts from the University of Lagos.
Helen spent the majority of her childhood in Lagos with her mother and grandmother. She used to organize small gatherings of friends, neighbors, and neighbors as a child. With the passage of time, the performer within her grew as well. In a significant number of interviews she later granted to a few media outlets, she would recall that her childhood was difficult because it was filled with “good and bad times” – raised by two disciplinarians while the performer in her knew no bounds. She graduated from the University of Lagos’ Theater Arts program.
Helen earned a four-year certificate in Theater Arts in 2010 and a graduate degree from the prestigious University of Lagos in 2012. She also has credentials from reputable organizations, including a “Authentication in Media Enterprise” from Pan-African University’s School of Media and Communications and a “Essential Presentation Certificate” from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). She is currently studying for her PhD in Theater Arts at the University of Lagos. Helen’s scholastic visit demonstrates her undying love for formal learning/instruction, particularly her enthusiasm for esteem including courses, classes, trainings, and so on both at home and abroad.
She has worked as an independent and full-time moderator at a few media outlets in Nigeria and elsewhere. Among these are Lagos Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), and MNet (as co-moderator on Africa Magic Channel 114’s “JARA”). M-Net Africa Magic’s “JARA” is a program that provides fans and viewers with inside scoops on Nollywood – the movies, the entertainers/on-screen characters, executives, makers, interviews, the beginning of various classifications of the who-will-be-who in the business and in the background cuts.
Helen rose to prominence as a wicked comic character on Radio Continental’s 102.3FM Lagos program “Wetin Dey.” On the show, she is referred to as “Tatafo,” a clever child who locates and parodies cultural issues in a sarcastic manner. After some time, the show has amassed a large and active listenership/followership in Lagos and a few other parts of Nigeria. She also hosts shows on Continental Television.
Helen Paul Comedy
Helen’s journey into the world of entertainment began when she worked as a front work area supervisor at Eko Reelmix Studios, Radio Lagos/Eko FM, and as a back-up and voiceover artiste. During this time, she focused on a few music ventures with artists and music groups such as P-Square, Infinity, Olufunmi, Yinka Davies, and others. She also created radio jingles for a variety of companies and brands, including Bank PHB, Peak Milk, Indomie Noodles, and Cowbell Milk.
Her first professional performance as a comedian occurred while she was still a student at the University of Lagos. She attended an event with a group of friends, but the outstanding comedian scheduled to perform did not show up. Her friends essentially bumped her onto the stage by accepting that she could perform surprisingly better than the comedian scheduled to perform at the show. When Helen mounted the stage and set up a superlative execution that inspired a roaring acclaim from the group, the coordinators, who were around at the time, hurled a murmur of relief.
In July 2012 Helen Paul discharged her presentation collection “Welcome Party”.
Helen Paul Enterprise
In 2012, Helen opened “Huge Fabrics and Bridals,” a marriage and texture boutique in Lagos. She has since expanded the Boutique to three different locations throughout Lagos. In 2014, she founded the “Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy,” a film and theater institute. The Academy has the most up-to-date offices in the field of innovation.
It has a move studio, a cosmetics studio, a record studio, a practice studio, a photograph studio, a fundamentally computerized library, an altering studio, and a lodging for understudies who choose courses in the Academy and are eager to take up such settlement. The Academy is a multi-million naira venture, and Helen would later state, in various meetings, that the Academy’s opening is a fantasy realized as expected, “having sustained the desire from youth.”
She went on to say that the activity is geared toward her personal contribution to the advancement of the gaming industry and education in general. The foundation will include courses in Cinematography, Acting, Video Editing, Photography, Dance, Basic Presentation, Costuming and Sewing, Hair Styling, Sound Engineering, and Graphics Design.
Aside from these activities, Helen continues to work on a few others that are in the works. These include syndication, film ventures, music ventures, and so on.
Hapic Brand Ambassador and so on.
Globacom, the telecommunications behemoth, appointed her as a diplomat in 2014. When asked about the support, she admitted that she is overjoyed because Globacom is a huge brand that everyone wants to be associated with. She was chosen as an Ambassador for the Harpic brand in 2015. She was also appointed as an envoy for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prior to the March 28 General Elections in Nigeria. She also has a surprising number of supporters, including GoTV, a digital TV channel owned by Multichoice, and Olumide Emmanuel’s “School of Money.”
Helen currently hosts two radio shows: “Tatafo Gist” on Naija FM, which airs every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and “Comedy Drive Time With Tatafo” on Metro FM, which airs every Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. She talks about inclining cultural issues in a humorous way on both projects, with a section where people call in to share their thoughts on these issues. According to guests, the projects have gained a large audience and continue to please many people’s lips while also relaxing their tense nerves.
Awards and Recognition
Helen has stowed various honors, including:
2012 African Film Awards (Afro-Hollywood, UK) • Comedienne of the Year
2012 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine) • Female TV Presenter of the Year
2014 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Nominated) • TV Presenter of the Year (Jare, Africa Magic)
2014 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) • Outstanding TV moderator (Female) (Entertainment/Talk Show)
2012 National Institute for Cultural Orientation • Merit Award in Recognition of Support for Children’s Initiative
2009 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine) • Female Comedian of the Year
2012 Effizie Style and Effects Awards (Effizzie Magazine) • Comedienne of the Year
2012 Sacramento Productions • Children’s Entertainer of the Year
2012 Doyen – Naija Growing Green Media Dinner Award • Recognition Award as Advocate/Ambassador of Peace and Unity for a Better and Greener Nigeria
2011 Rotaract Club Award • Outstanding Female Comedian of the Year
2011 City People Entertainment Magazine Award • Female Comedian of the Year
2009 City People Entertainment Magazine Award • New Female Comedian of the Year
2010 Life Changers Award (UK) • Best Comedian of the Year
1999 Nigerian International Songs Festival (NISOFES) Award • Best Gospel Singer of the Year
What’s more, Helen Paul is sought after at prominent occasions, a few of which she has tied down and keeps on facilitating. As a compere second to none, she has compered occasions either for or at which profoundly recognized characters were in participation. Such include:
• Performed at the Nigerian Reunion in Orlando Florida, USA (2012 and 2011) • Anchored the “Nearby Loves Naija Concert” (2012) • Anchored “An Evening with Coca-Cola Concert” (2012) • Performed “Around evening time of 1012 Laughs and Music” in Ghana (2012) • Performs routinely at “AY Live”, a comedy and music show sorted out by famous comedian Ayo Makun • Performed at the Lebara Mobile-supported Nigerian Comedy Show in UK (2011) • Performed at Dame Virgy Etiaba Foundation’s Charity Ball labeled “A Heart forever” held at the MUSON Center Lagos (2011) • Anchored the Lagos State Carnival held at Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos (2010) • Performed at Port Harcourt Carnival (2010) • Anchored the Nigerian Woman of Distinction Dinner/Award – an activity of the First Lady of Nigeria, H.E. Woman Patience Goodluck Jonathan (2010) • Performed at the Akwa Ibom State Banquet out of appreciation for the First Lady of Nigeria, H.E. Woman Patience Goodluck Jonathan (2010) • Performed at Julius Agwu’s Golden Jubilee Edition of “Break Ya Ribs” in London (2010) • Performed “Around evening time of 1000 and 1010 Laughs and Music” in Ghana (2009, 2010) • Anchored Miss Delta Soap Pageant at the MUSON Center Lagos (2010) • Anchored City People Brand Awards and Entertainment Awards (2009 and 2010) • Anchored previous Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s 50th Birthday Party (2009) • Anchored Senator Ike Nwachukwu’s child’s wedding in Lagos (2010) • Anchored Captain Roland Iyayi’s Birthday Party in Lagos (2010) • Performed at Sleek’s Make-up commemorations and outlets opening services (2009) • Performed at Night of a Thousand Laughs in Lagos, Abuja, and Calabar (2009) • A normal demonstration at the widely praised ‘stand-up comedy’ activity of Bunmi Davies – “Stand Up Nigeria”, which holds consistently in Lagos.
• Performed at Night of 1000 Laughs (2013, 2014)