Helen Paul

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Helen Paul
Born
Helen Paul

Lagos
NationalityNigerian
Other namesTatafo
Helen Paul Bamisile
OccupationComedian, Actress, Singer
Known forEntertainment
Websitehelenpaulng.com www.helenpaulacademy.com

Helen Paul is a comedian, singer and actress from Nigeria.[1][2] She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that makes her sound like a child.[3]

Early years[edit]

Paul 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 Theater Arts of the University of Lagos.

Media experience[edit]

She has worked as both a freelance and full-time presenter at several media houses in Nigeria. These include Lagos Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), and MNet (where she currently co-presents "JARA" on Africa Magic).[4]

Paul broke out as a naughty comic character on a radio program known as “Wetin Dey” on Radio Continental 102.3FM, Lagos. She is known on the programme as “Tatafo” - a witty kid that addresses and lampoons societal issues in a satirical manner. She also presented programmes on TV Continental and Naija FM 102.7.

Comedy[edit]

Paul began working in the entertainment industry when she started working at Eko Reelmix Studios and Radio Lagos/Eko FM as a front desk manager whilst doubling as a back-up and voiceover artiste.

As a comedian, her first professional performance happened whilst she was 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.

Music[edit]

In July 2012 Paul released her debut album "Welcome Party", which contains Afro-Pop songs such as "Boju Boju", "Vernacular", "Gbedu", "God Forbid", an Afro RnB song titled "Children of the World" and "Use Calculator" - an enlightenment song about the menace of the HIV-AIDs epidemic.. She has subsequently released some singles including "Take It Back". In 2018, she released the audio and visuals of her single titled "Never Knew" - an inspiring song about her developmental years and career progress thus far.[5][6]

Entrepreneurship[edit]

Helen opened a bridal and fabric boutique in Lagos in 2012, called "Massive Fabrics and Bridals".[7] 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".[8][9] 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 enrol for courses in the Academy.

Endorsements[edit]

Helen is a Brand Ambassador for a number of notable corporate organizations. She is a Brand Ambassador for the Ajinomoto Brand in Nigeria, as well as Chocolate Unprocessed Hair. In 2017, she was appointed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the apex regulator of telecommunications in Nigeria as "Face of the Telecoms Consumer". In 2014, she was appointed as an ambassador by Telecommunications company Globacom.[10] In 2015, she was appointed as Ambassador for the Harpic Brand, owned by Reckitt and Benckiser. 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, including GoTV,[11] a cable television station owned by Multichoice, and Olumide Emmanuel's "School of Money[12]".

Radio[edit]

Paul previously anchored a number of radio programmes, including "Tatafo Gist" on Naija FM, "Comedy Drive Time With Tatafo" on Metro FM, and "Comedy Half Hour" on Radio Continental. On these programs, she discussed trending societal issues in a comic and satirical manner, with a segment where people phone in to share their experiences and comments on these issues.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2012 African Film Awards (Afro-Hollywood, UK)[13] - Comedienne of the Year
  • 2012 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine)[14][15] – Female TV Presenter of the Year
  • 2014 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Nominated)[16] – TV Presenter of the Year (Jare, Africa Magic)
  • 2014 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) – Outstanding TV presenter (Female) (Entertainment/Talk Show)[17]
  • 2012 National Institute for Cultural Orientation – Merit Award in Recognition of Support for Children’s Initiative[citation needed]
  • 2009 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine) – Female Comedian of the Year[citation needed]
  • 2012 Effizie Style and Effects Awards (Effizzie Magazine) – Comedienne of the Year[citation needed]
  • 2012 Sacramento Productions – Children’s Entertainer of the Year[citation needed]
  • 2012 Doyen - Naija Growing Green Media Dinner Award – Recognition Award as Advocate/Ambassador of Peace and Unity for a Better and Greener Nigeria[citation needed]
  • 2011 Rotaract Club Award – Outstanding Female Comedian of the Year[citation needed]
  • 2011 City People Entertainment Magazine Award[18] – Female Comedian of the Year

Education[edit]

Helen received a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts in 2010 and a master's degree in 2012, from the University of Lagos. In addition, she has Masters degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration (MBA and MPA) from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH). 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 recently rounded off her PhD degree in Theater Arts in the University of Lagos.[19]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011 - '"The Return of Jenifa role of Tunrayo[20]
  • 2012 - A Wish[21] Lead role - a lady who battles cancer.
  • 2011 - Damage[22] Cameo role
  • 2012 - The Place: Chronicle of the Book[23]
  • 2014 - When Love Happens[citation needed]
  • 2014 - Alakada2[24] Supporting role
  • 2014 - Akii The Blind[25] Supporting role
  • 2014 - Abiodun Kogberegbe Supporting role
  • 2012 - Osas"" (Omoge Benin)[26] Comic act
  • 2012 - Igboya[27]
  • Mama Put[28] Lead role
  • Pawns Supporting role
  • The Lion and The Jewel, a stage drama written by Wole Soyinka and directed by Tunji Sotimirin
  • The Wives, a stage drama written by Ahmed Yerima and directed by Wole Oguntokun
  • Moremi Ajansoro, a stage drama written by Lekan Balogun and directed by Benson William
  • Ovonramwen Nogbaisi, a stage drama written by Ola Rotimi/Ahmed Yerima and directed by Alex Osho

Helen, under the auspices of her "Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy" has independently released a number of movies, including:

“Sex Is Not the Answer”. Full length movie. Produced 2018. Language spoken - English. “Firi” ("Glimpse"). Full length movie. Produced 2017. Language spoken - Yoruba. Subtitled in English. “Ona Ara” ("Wonderful Way"). Full length movie. Produced 2017. Language spoken - Yoruba. Subtitled in English. “Aiye O Gbofe” ("Life is Not Freely Given"). Full length movie. Produced 2017. Language spoken - Yoruba. Subtitled in English.

She also has several other movies in progress.

Writing[edit]

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.

Personal Life[edit]

Helen is married to Femi Bamisile and has two sons.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akande, Victor (27 May 2012). "A-list comedians for 'Helen Paul & Tatafo Live'". The Nation. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  2. ^ Adetu, Bayo (6 August 2010). "Growing Up Was Tough". P.M. News. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  3. ^ Kettle, James (2 November 2012). "The rising stars of world standup". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Jara: Helen Paul". Africa Magic Official Website - Jara: Helen Paul. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  5. ^ Amoran, Moyosola (20 July 2012). "Tatafo Veers Into Music". P.M. News. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  6. ^ Ogunjimi, Opeoluwani (11 August 2012). "Helen Paul drops Boju Boju". Vanguard. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2014-12-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Helen Paul Opens Multi-Million Naira Film Academy". bellanaija.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.helenpaulacademy.com
  10. ^ "Welcome to INDEPENDENT Newspapers Nigeria Limited". dailyindependentnig.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Nollywood/ Nigeria No.1 movies/ films resources online". nigeriafilms.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  12. ^ "You are being redirected..." pmnewsnigeria.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Tonto, Helen Paul with Afro Nollywood awards - Vanguard News". vanguardngr.com. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Exquisite Ladies of the Year (ELOY) Awards 2012 brings all the glamour to Lagos (PHOTOS) - YNaija". ynaija.com. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  15. ^ "BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: Who is Nigeria's top Comedienne, Singer, Actress, Compere & Presenter all rolled in one? It's Helen Paul, the Lady with Many Talents!". bellanaija.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Seyi Shay, Toke Makinwa, Mo'Cheddah, DJ Cuppy, Others Nominated". Pulse Nigeria. Chinedu Adiele. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  17. ^ "DJ Xclusive, Helen Paul, IK Osakioduwa & More Emerge Winners at Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) 2014 -Full List of Winners". bellanaija.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Helen Paul in Nigeria". mydestination.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  19. ^ http://www.punchng.com/feature/i-would-love-to-finish-up-with-my-ph-d-helen-paul/
  20. ^ http://www.yorubafilm.com/headlines/3020-the-return-of-jenifa.html
  21. ^ "Nollywood/ Nigeria No.1 movies/ films resources online". nigeriafilms.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Damage | African Movie | Nollywood Forever Movie Reviews". nollywoodforever.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  23. ^ "BFFs Uche Jombo and Desmond Elliot produce 'The Place' - Nigerian Entertainment Today". thenet.ng. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  24. ^ http://ariyatoday.com/?p=2075
  25. ^ "Akii the Blind Nigerian Movie [Part 1] - Family Drama". nigeriamovienetwork.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  26. ^ 9aijabooksandmovies (11 July 2012). "Osas (Omoge Benin) on VCD". wordpress.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  27. ^ http://www.e-expressnigeria.com/blog/2012/05/bimbo-oshin-returns-with-igboya
  28. ^ "Page not found". mnetcorporate.co.za. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  29. ^ Ikeji, Linda (24 November 2014). "Popular comedienne Helen Paul gives birth to baby boy - Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog". lindaikeji.blogspot.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.

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