Superstar comedienne and media personality, Helen Paul, has revealed that she was “born out of rape,” in a heartfelt appreciation message to her mother.
According to the report, Helen, who bagged a doctorate degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos recently, shared a tear-jerking ode to her mother on her Instagram page, @itshelenpaul she wrote: “I HELEN PAUL, dedicate this to my mum. You gave birth to me out of rape, they told you I wouldn’t amount to anything.
“I grew up hearing from family members; being called a “bastard,” and each time I asked you, you said, ‘Olorun lon wo omo were, Olorun ma wo e,’ meaning, ‘God watches over the child of a mad person, he’d watch over you.
“Mummy, I want you to know I love you. I might not buy you Benz now, because I don’t have a `pant’ yet, but this certificate will amount to something great.
“They say Fame is nothing, but Grace is everything and I pray for grace in everything I do.
“I’m not a Cele member, but late Oshoffa gave me the name and everything late Oshoffa said about Helen Paul is coming to pass.
“I dedicate this to every mother. May God make you strong enough to survive and enjoy the fruit of your labour,” she wrote.
Helen, who is currently the first Stand-up comedian to have a Ph.D., has worked as both a freelance and full-time presenter at several media houses in Nigeria, including Lagos Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service and MNet, where she currently co-presents JARA on Africa Magic.
She broke out as a naughty comic character on a radio programme known as “Wetin Dey” on Radio Continental 102.3FM, Lagos and popularly known on the programme as Tatafo, a witty kid that addresses and lampoons societal issues in a satirical manner.
She is a recipient of several awards, including the 2012 African Film Awards, 2012 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award, 2014 Female TV Presenter of the Year, TV Presenter of the Year (Jare, Africa Magic), 2014 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards – Outstanding TV presenter (Female) Entertainment/Talk Show.
Others are 2012 National Institute for Cultural Orientation, 2009 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award, Female Comedian of the Year, 2012 Effizie Style and Effects Awards, 2012 Sacramento Productions – Children’s Entertainer of the Year.