Helen Paul is a comedian, singer and actress from Nigeria. She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterised by a voice range that made her sound like a child. Helen spent most of her early years with her mother and grandmother, both in Lagos. As a kid, she used to entertain small groups of peers, neighbours and friends within the neighbourhood. In many of the interviews she later granted, she would recall that her growing up was not easy, as it was filled with “ups and downs” – raised by two disciplinarians. She is a graduate of Theatre Arts of the University of Lagos.
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Helen broke out as a naughty comic character on a critically acclaimed radio program known as “Wetin Dey” on Radio Continental, 102.3FM, Lagos. She is known on the programme as “Tatafo” – a witty kid who addresses and lampoons societal issues in a satirical manner. She also presents programmes on TV Continental. As a comedian, her first professional performance happened whilst she was still a student at the University of Lagos. She attended an event with a group of friends but the stand-up comic billed to perform failed to show up. Her friends encouraged her to perform. The organizers were thankful she filled in for the no show comic. In July 2012 Helen Paul released her debut album “Welcome Party”.
Helen opened a bridal and fabric boutique in Lagos in 2012, called “Massive Fabrics and Bridals”. She has since proceeded to open three other outlets of the Boutique in different parts of Lagos. In 2014, she opened a film and theater academy, named “Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy”. The Academy is equipped with the latest facilities in the world of technology. It consists of a dance studio, a makeup studio, a recording studio, a rehearsal studio, a photo studio, a mainly digital library, an editing studio, and a hostel for students who enroll for courses in the Academy. The academy is a multi-million naira project and Helen would later state, that the opening of the Academy is a dream come true, “having nurtured the ambition from childhood”. She further explained that the initiative is geared towards contributing her own quota to the development of the entertainment sector, and education in general.
In 2014, she was appointed as an ambassador by Telecommunications giant, Globacom. Speaking about the endorsement, she admitted that she is extremely happy about it, as Globacom is a massive brand that everybody loves to be associated with. In 2015, she was appointed as Ambassador for the Harpic brand. She was also appointed as an ambassador for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which appointment was made before the March 28 General Elections in Nigeria. She also has other endorsements to her credit, including GoTV, a cable television station owned by Multichoice, and Olumide Emmanuel’s “School of Money”.
Helen currently anchors two radio programmes – “Tatafo Gist” on Naija FM, and “Comedy Drive Time With Tatafo” on Metro FM. On both programs, she speaks about trending societal issues in a comic manner, with a segment where people phone in to share their comments on these issues.
Helen received a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts in 2010 and a master’s degree in 2012, from the University of Lagos. She also has certifications from other institutions, including a “Certificate in Media Enterprise” from the School of Media and Communications, Pan-African University, and a “Basic Presentation Certificate” from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). She is currently undergoing her PhD degree in Theater Arts, also in the University of Lagos.
Helen has written several plays and short stories, but none have been published. She writes mostly on societal issues and her style borders on comedy, tragedy and tragi-comedy. In 2015 she completed work on her play “LIFE BURIAL” also known as (live burial). The world premier took place at Helen Paul Theatre and Film Academy in September of the same year. The play later toured some schools, including: University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University and Redeemers University.