Comic celebrity, presenter, singer and actress, Helen Paul, popularly often known as Tatafo, is a well-known title within the leisure business. The artist born in Edo State wants no introduction. Ask any Nigerian little one and he would let you know, that woman who imitates our voice. On this interview with EDWIN USOBOH, she talks about rising up, the challenges of being a feminine comic and numerous issues
Who’s Helen Paul? Inform us about your development, training, and many others.
I'm hooked on work and hooked on work, And I additionally like to play rather a lot. Rising up was enjoyable. I loved it like another Nigerian little one. My dad and mom weren’t poor and so they weren’t wealthy, however we had been comfy. My mom and grandmother are disciplinary, they had been very strict and, actually, that’s serving to me rather a lot.
I seem like the lady subsequent door; I can stroll the streets after I really feel prefer it, undergo the street to purchase roasted corn and bananas, to call it. More often than not, it’s individuals who remind me that I’m a star. I simply have enjoyable, that's the reality.
I grew up in Iju-Ishaga and Fadeyi, elements of Lagos, respectively, which implies that I studied in each areas from elementary faculty to highschool earlier than acquiring admission to UNILAG to review inventive arts, the place I obtained my first diploma. I even have a grasp's diploma in the identical self-discipline and establishment. I even have a Grasp of Enterprise Administration (MBA) and a Grasp of Public Administration (MPA), all from Ladoke Akintola College of Know-how (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyo State. The reality is that I like data and I might cease at nothing to get it. I belong to the varsity of thought that believes we cease buying data solely after we die. And as a lot as I can, I attempt to move on the little data I’ve to the youthful technology.
I all the time advise my followers to by no means hand over on their goals, no matter obstacles. Instantly after ending highschool, I obtained admission to review Performing Arts on the College of Ilorin. In fact, you possibly can think about how euphoric I used to be and the way proud my mom was about improvement. I used to be so joyful to have shared the excellent news with our neighbors, however there was an issue: I couldn't pay the admission charges. After I lastly reached Ilorin, the register had been closed. With the disgrace of returning residence with out admission, it isn’t an choice, I made a decision to be lurking across the campus, possibly till I get one other admission.
With out an lodging settlement, I used to be about to spend the night time in an open area with my baggage when a junior faculty trainer, Mr. Felix (now Dr. Felix) approached me. He instructed me the place he deliberate to sleep was harmful, and I defined my scenario, and out of grief, he provided me an area in his house. Each morning, I’ll return to high school with him and attend his lessons. I might even write help. I did this for nearly a yr and even the scholars in good religion thought that I used to be a part of them.
Sarcastically, it was Dr. Felix himself who oversaw my PhD undertaking. He was transferred to UNILAG after I was in 200 ranges.
As a younger little one, I’ve all the time identified that I might turn out to be a star sooner or later, however actually, I didn't know in what capability. I didn't know what fame would deliver, however I knew it might be a star. Even after I was solely a receptionist at Eko Reelmix Studio, I used to be so assured in changing into a star. Later I began as a backup singer and dubbing artist earlier than the elements of comedy and performing took over. My success is God's plan for me, and I labored tirelessly to realize it.
You noticed get full help out of your dad and momWhen did you determine to dedicate your self to leisure?
My mom and grandmother usually are not unnecessarily inflexible; Your precedence is to be sure you are doing the proper factor. As soon as they’re certain of that, they help you with their prayers. They’d no downside with my profession alternative.
Since childhood, individuals all the time discuss with me as a peculiar and enjoyable particular person. I’ve a trainer at college who doesn't hit me in any respect as a result of he noticed that comedy characteristic in me. However professionally, I began comedy throughout my days as a scholar on the College of Lagos.
By some means, I've all the time appreciated leisure. I’ve been a singer within the church after I was a young person. I’ve carried out theatrical performances, and likewise labored on Yotomi Tv, owned by the Yoruba film icon, Alade Aromire.
To abbreviate the story, I had no downside with my dad and mom concerning my profession alternative.
Would you say your future profession was ready for you again then (whenever you embraced the humanities as a baby) or a coincidence?
We’re nothing however pencils within the palms of God. He’s the grasp planner and typically his methods usually are not ours. Professionally, the comedy side started extra as a coincidence. In reality, I went to a present, and the MC didn't come, so my pals mentioned I can do it as a result of I'm a enjoyable character. Lastly I did it and it was wonderful, and from there, individuals began calling me for exhibits and the cash saved coming. I needed to go on and, after all, I met individuals like Ali Baba and Basorge Tariah Jnr. who now enlightened me within the business a part of the job.
Again, what drives you?
I don't even discuss with myself as a star. I’m only a model. What I’m making an attempt to let you know is that fame isn’t in my thoughts or in my head. I simply wish to be my pure being and belief me; Fame has not modified something about me.
WhWhat are the challenges of being a feminine comic? Do you typically really feel intimidated?
On this a part of the world the place we’re, individuals shortly criticize girls, however when males do the identical, no one speaks. There are some jokes or songs that a feminine artist will make that can provoke criticism, however when the male counterpart does the identical, it’s the identical as all the time. However in a developed nation like the US, female and male artists have the identical participation, and that’s the reason many ladies do very well. Our mentality about girls in Nigeria wants to alter.
A male comic can take off his shirt on stage, however when a feminine artist wears one thing provocative to signify a personality, she is significantly criticized. Society has not turned it right into a degree taking part in area for women and men generally.
Actually, I don't see anybody's competitors. I solely compete with myself; making an attempt to guarantee that each new job I do is healthier than the final one, so I've by no means felt intimidated.
So what does it take to be a hit?Ful comic in a hostile terrainorth? What helped you climb the ladder of success?
The primary issue is God. After you have His inexperienced mild, the next is originality, uniqueness: individuals ought to understand it for what it represents. Simply be your self and don't attempt to be like another person.
By no means hand over in your goals. Maintain urgent as a result of your progress could possibly be only a few steps away from you. Look, life is filled with ups and downs. Typically you win. Typically you gained't have a lot luck. However no matter occurs, the power to get better, arduous work and a very good coronary heart will certainly pave the best way not directly, even within the face of a extreme storm and adversity. Justice exalts a nation.
Success appears to be your center title: you get the face, fame and fortune. What’s the secret?
I don't wish to sound too spiritualious, however actually, I’ll say that it’s God, and that’s the fact. Personally, all I attempt to do is have the proper individuals round me, so God takes care of the remaining.
You should encompass your self with individuals who can observe your dream. I imply individuals who can encourage you and encourage you to do all the things attainable and make that dream come true.
How riare you
To the glory of God, I can afford a three-seater meal (laughs). For me, the stability of your account or the posh automobiles and mansions doesn’t decide how wealthy it’s. What number of lives have you ever touched positively with what little God has given you? I’m not speaking about public items now, however about individuals who have secretly wiped away tears, that’s my definition of wealth.
You devoted your title to your mom and went out with a scarymade from you life with "born of rape." What gave you the audacity to depart contemplating the sensitivity of that side of your life?
My mom deserves it as a result of she is mostly a sturdy girl. He had been ready for the proper second to speak about it publicly, and there could possibly be no higher time. Typically, the very best revenge is success.
When a person succeeds, they are saying he works arduous, however when a girl achieves success they say She makes use of the decrease energy. What’s your opinion on this notion?
It's actually unlucky, and it's the mentality of a black man. However I’m joyful that we have now many ladies who’re altering the tales now.