Helen Paul Bamisile Professionally known as Tatafo is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, on-air personality, singer and actress. Her style is quirky and spontaneous, and her petite stature and voice range make her sound like a child. She is married with three kids to Femi Bamisile.
Helen was born in Edo State and was raised in Lagos State. she spent most of her early years with her mother and grandmother. She entertained friends, neighbours and small groups of peers, within the neighbourhood as a little girl. As she grew, the entertainer in her also developed with time. According to the comedian in interviews granted to several media houses, she was raised by two disciplinarians and she also said growing up wasn’t easy. She is a graduate of Theater Arts of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka.
She has worked as a part-time and full-time presenter at several media houses, in Nigeria. These include Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), Lagos Television (LTV 8), MNet (as a co-presenter on Africa Magic Channel 114’s “JARA”) and others. Helen broke out as a [email protected] comic character (Tatafo) radio continental,102.3FM Lagos Program titled Wetin Dey. On the Program wetin dey, she is an intelligent child who addresses societal issues in a sarcastic manner.
Tatafo worked as a front desk manager and as a back-up and voiceover artist at Eko Reelmix Studios, Radio Lagos. She was featured on various music projects with artists and music groups including, Infinity, Olufunmi, P-Square, Yinka Davies, etc. She recorded radio jingles for several companies and brand names, including Cowbell Milk, Bank PHB, Indomie Noodles and Peak Milk
Helen started stand-up comedy professionally whilst she was an undergraduate at the university of Lagos. She was invited to an event with a group of friends, the stand-up comic paid to perform at the event failed to show up. Helen’s friends who believed she could perform better than the comedian practically pushed her onto the stage. The organizers of the event were at that time nervous, later lurched a sigh of relief when Helen took to the stage and put up a brilliant performance that elicited a thunderous applause from the crowd.
Helen runs a bridal and fabric boutique (Massive Fabrics and Bridals). She opened a film and theater academy (Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy) in 2014
Helen Paul released her debut album “Welcome Party” in July 2012
On air personality, Helen Paul, anchors two entertaining radio programmes: Tatafo Gist on Naija FM 102.7 Lagos and Comedy Drive Time on Metro FM 97.7 Lagos On the programme, she talks to listeners of the programme about trending issues in the society in a satirical Manner and it gives people the opportunity to call in to share their comments.
Helen Paul signed a huge endorsement deal with one of Africa’s leading telecommunications giants Globacom telecommunications company, Harpic Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and GoTV(a cable television station owned by Multichoice) and School of Money.
Awards and Achievements
Helen Paul has received different awards including Comedienne of the year for African Film award (2012), TV presenter of the year for Exquisite Lady of the year award(2012), National institute for cultural orientation(2012) and Merit award in recognition for support of children initiative.