Helen Paul popularly known as Tatafo is a Nigerian comedienne, singer, media personality, compere and Nollywood actress.
She was born on 29th of January 1978 and raised in Lagos State Nigeria. She originates from Edo state.
Helen Paul had her primary and secondary school education in Lagos State, as a smart kid she obtained her First School Leaving certificate together with her West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) at a very tender age and she was able to study Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree and her Master’s degree.
She also has two degrees from Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso in Oyo State studying Business Administration (MBA) and Public Administration (MPA) and has also obtained some professional certification like Certification in Media Enterprise from the School of Media and Communications from the Pan-African University. She also had Basic Presentation Certificate from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria where she worked.
The famous Nigerian comedienne, Helen Paul was appointed professor and Head of the Department of Arts, Music and Entertainment at Heart Bible International University, United States on Monday, 30th May, 2022.
The Heart Bible International University is an accredited online Christian Institute through the Florida education department for religious studies.
Helen Paul started her career even while in school. She started as a front desk manager at the Eko FM studios then she tried diversifying, she worked as a backup singer and voice-over artist.
Her nickname Tatafo was given to her by a staff of Eko FM and this was because she talks a lot.
Her uniqueness comes from her mimicking people, she speaks like a kid too and is an allrounder as far as entertainment is concerned.
Her first comedy attempt was when she attended an event and the MC didn’t show up, she was encouraged by her friends to mount the stage which she did and her performance was exceptional, this made people invite her for other events and she was opportune to meet with veterans in the entertainment industry.
Helen Paul also worked as a full-time media presenter with top media houses like the Lagos State Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), MNet and other reputable media houses.
She came into the limelight when she presents on Wetin Dey radio program on Radio Continental 102.3 FM in Lagos Nigeria as a comic character talking like a kid.
From there she started getting invites to events, worked as a comedian, actress, backup singer with works with/on P-Square, Yinka Davies, Infinity, Olufunmi e.t.c.
She worked on Naija FM and TV Continental too, also she did some interesting radio jingles for Indomie Noodles, Peak Milk, Cowbell milk, Bank PHB and many other top brands.
She currently co-presents JARA with Uti Nwachukwu on Africa Magic till date.
Helen Paul is also a professional actress. Here are some of the movies Helen Paul acted in:
• Damage (2011)
• The Return of Jenifa (2011)
• The Place (2012)
• A Wish (2012)
• Igboya (2012)
• Mama Put (2012)
• Osas (Omoge Benin) – (2012)
• Alakada2 (2014)
• Akii The Blind (2014)
• Abiodun Kogberebe (2014)
• When Love Happens (2014)
• Life Burial (2015)
• Alakada reloaded (2017)
Helen Paul has been rewarded for her hard work with different awards and recognition.
In 2011, City People Entertainment Magazine Award – Female Comedian of the Year
• In 2012, African Film Awards (Afro-Hollywood, UK)- Comedienne of the Year
• In 2012, Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine)- Female TV Presenter of the Year
• In 2014, Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Nominated) – TV Presenter of the Year (Jara, Africa Magic)
• In 2014, Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) – Outstanding TV presenter (Female) (Entertainment/Talk Show)
• In 2019, Award of Honour, RCCG Teap Teens Conference
She is also an ambassador to some companies.
In 2014, she became an ambassador to Glo. In 2015, she was endorsed by Harpic.
Subsequently, she became an ambassador to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the March 28, 2015, general elections. Also, she is an ambassador to Ajinomoto seasoning and GoTV.
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