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Why members of the family thought I'd drop out of secondary faculty –Helen Paul – The Punch

Ademola Olonilua and Timileyin Akinkahunsi

Final week, common comedienne, Helen Paul, achieved a feat that isn’t frequent amongst her contemporaries within the leisure trade. The ace comedienne, actress, and filmmaker bagged a PhD from the College of Lagos.

In an unique chat with Saturday Beats, Tatafo, as she is fondly referred to as by her buddies and followers, revealed that her members of the family at all times thought she would drop out of secondary faculty however as we speak, she has a PhD.

She mentioned, “In my household, nobody believed that I might full secondary faculty training not to mention attend college. My mom at all times informed me that if I completed from secondary faculty with good grades, she would kill a cow as a result of I used to be very stressed and playful. After I completed from secondary faculty and took my end result to her, I demanded my cow however she was not forthcoming so I requested for a hen, however she merely informed me she had cooked rice and that I ought to go and eat it.

“To motivate me the more, she said that I should complete my university education, and that is when she would believe that I had really achieved a feat in life.”

The humour service provider famous that she didn’t achieve admission into college for some time, saying, “I attempted gaining admission the primary time nevertheless it was to no avail. I attempted the second time and obtained admission on the College of Ilorin. By the point I obtained to the college, they informed me that admission had closed. I started to cry as I used to be trekking in all places within the faculty, displaying individuals my end result and the newspaper wherein my identify was revealed as a part of those who handed the examination.

“The third time I tried, I chose the University of Lagos and I gave it all my best. I would not say that I am the most brilliant person but I have God’s favour. I believed that I could do it and I did it. Despite having a PhD, I would rather people continue calling me Helen Paul and not Dr Helen Paul because nothing has changed about me.”

She additional hinted that being a PhD holder wouldn’t have an effect on her profession within the leisure trade.

“Bagging a PhD would not affect my career at all; in fact, it would make me better at it. I have learnt ways to entertain and educate people at the same time,” she mentioned.

Nonetheless enthusiastic about her latest achievement, the mom of three merely mentioned, “I really feel humbled about bagging a PhD and I can not imagine it as a result of it’s a dream come true. Whereas I used to be finding out, it was not straightforward combining it with my work as a comedienne and likewise an actress. There have been instances that I might get pissed off; there have been instances I might write and really feel it was the very best work however my supervisor, who at all times believed in me, would inform me to redo it as a result of he knew I might do higher. Finally, once I handed, I felt completely happy and relieved on the similar time. I’m excited and calm. I actually have no idea the best way to clarify this temper.

“Already I have an academy, the Helen Paul Theatre Academy, so I did not go to get a PhD to become a lecturer. I just want to impact life and I do not necessarily need to do it by becoming a lecturer. I just want people to know that education is key and people should always imbibe the culture of constant learning. I feel I am already a teacher by being a good role model in the society.”

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