Date Of Birth: 29 January 1978
State Of Origin: Edo
Marital Status: Married
Movies Acted: The Return of Jenifa, A Wish, Damage, The Place: Chronicle of the Book, When Love Happens, Alakada2, Akii The Blind, Abiodun Kogberegbe, Osas”” (Omoge Benin), Igboya, Mama Put, The Lion and The Jewel, The Wives, Moremi Ajansoro, Ovonramwen Nogbaisi, etc.
Helen Paul Bamisile is a Nigerian comedienne, singer and actress. characterized by a voice range that made her sound like a child, she is best known as a stand-up comedienne and popularly known as Tatafo.
Early Years And Education:
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. As she grew, the entertainer in her also developed with time. In many of the interviews she later granted to several media houses, she would recall that her growing up was not easy, as it was filled with “ups and downs” – raised by two disciplinarians but meanwhile, the entertainer in her knew no boundaries. She is a graduate of Theatre Arts of the University of Lagos.
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 is married with two sons
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.
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.
Awards and Recognition
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 presenter (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