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Somthing2know Amazon of the Week: Helen Paul Bamisile – for her contributions to the world of entertainment and fashion in Nigeria

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t to live” – Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Death isn’t the greatest loss in life. “The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live”-Norman Cousins. The above two quotes best describe Helen Paul Bamisile who had discovered what to die for and did not allow the spirit of becoming an outstanding comedian   and a fashion expert to die inside of her.

Make every thought, every fact that comes into your mind pay you a profit. Make it work and produce for you. Think of things not as they are but as they might be. Don’t merely dream-but create!”- Maxwell Maltz. This is  the case with Helen Paul who has created a world of her own in the entertainment industry. Born on 29 January 1978, Helen Paul Bamisile is a comedian, singer and actress from Nigeria. She is also a stand-up comedian, OAP, business woman and singer. Now known as Alhaja Don Jazzy, Paul is one to bring her entire repertoire of skills to play whenever she is presenting or interpreting a role- popularly known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that makes her sound like a child. She recently graduated with a doctorate in Theater Arts from the University of Lagos. 

Paul has worked as a freelance and full-time presenter at several media houses in Nigeria. These include Lagos Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), and MNet (where she currently co-presents JARA on Africa Magic).

Paul broke out as a naughty comic character on the radio program 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 presented programmes on TV Continental and Naija FM 102.7.

In July 2012 Paul released her debut album Welcome Party, which contains Afro-Pop songs such as “Boju Boju”, “Vernacular”, “Gbedu”, “God Forbid”, an Afro RnB song titled “Children of the World”, and “Use Calculator”, an enlightenment song about the menace of the HIV-AIDs epidemic. She subsequently released some singles, including “Take It Back”. In 2018, she released the audio and visuals of her single titled “Never Knew”, an inspiring song about her developmental years and career progress thus far.

Following her love for fashion, Paul 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, the Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy. It consists of a dance studio, a makeup studio, a recording studio, a rehearsal studio, a photo studio, a mainly digital library, an editing studio, and a hostel for students.

Her professional expertise in her area of calling has earned her awards and recognition such as:

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 (Jara, Africa Magic)

2014 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) – Outstanding TV presenter (Female) (Entertainment/Talk Show)

2011 City People Entertainment Magazine Award – Female Comedian of the Year

Paul is married to Femi Bamisile and has two sons.

For making useful contributions to the world of entertainment and fashion, Helen Paul development is our Something2knowAmazon of the week. We appreciate her contributions.

Are you a woman who has left her footprints in the sands of time in any area of life against all odds & challenge? You could be our next Somthing2Know Amazon of the Week. Share your story of achievements with us. We’ll help tell your story to inspire other women for greatness.

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Nathaniel Udoh

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