Helen Paul is a comedian, singer and actress from Nigeria. She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that made her sound like a child.
As she adds a year today, May 1, We presents you with a biography on the witty comedienne.
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. 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.
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 (as a co-presenter on Africa Magic Channel 114’s “JARA”).
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.
Helen began working in the entertainment field when she started working at Eko Reelmix Studios, Radio Lagos/Eko FM as a front desk manager whilst doubling as a back-up and voiceover artiste. During this period, she featured on several music projects with artistes and music groups including P-Square, Infinity, Olufunmi, and Yinka Davies. She also recorded radio jingles for a number of companies and brand names, including Bank PHB, Peak Milk, Indomie Noodles, and Cowbell Milk.
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 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 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”.
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.
Awards & Recognitions
2014: Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Nominated) • TV Presenter of the Year (Jare, Africa Magic)
2014: Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) • Outstanding TV presenter (Female) (Entertainment/Talk Show)
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
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
2012: National Institute for Cultural Orientation • Merit Award in Recognition of Support for Children’s Initiative
2011: Rotaract Club Award • Outstanding Female Comedian of the Year
2011: City People Entertainment Magazine Award• Female Comedian of the Year
2009: Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine) • Female Comedian of the Year
She is married with two sons.