Nigerian comedienne and actress Helen Paul has revealed how she became a lecturer at the Heart International Bible University in the United States.
Unable to contain her joy over the recent achievement, Paul gushed to Sunday Scoop about her journey, stating that bagging a PhD three years ago proved to be a plus for her.
She disclosed that she has been involved with universities around the world and that entertainment has been her tool. She added that most of her performances have been case studies for her research.
"Whatever one does in one’s line of work will help one’s career growth. For instance, Nike Davies-Ekundaye of Nike Art Gallery is a beautiful woman and is one of my mentors.
"Her talent speaks for her both home and abroad to the extent of her getting recognised in universities globally.
"Also, I learnt that Prof Lamidi Fakeye of Michigan University, USA, got promoted on the strength of his artistic works (wood structure) at the Institute of African Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, in the 1980s. This shows that talent works as well.
"First, professorial positions are about what experiences one has had in terms of talent and research works, one’s PhD, and active and consistent engagement in a university.
"It is not really about furthering one’s studies. Rather, it is about being promoted by virtue of one’s pedigree and contributions to academia and humanity in general.
"In addition, the PhD I obtained in the prestigious University of Lagos is the key to my being relevant in a university or academic circle.
"For a while, I have been actively involved with teachings and affiliations with universities across the globe, using entertainment as a tool.
"Also, many of my performances are case studies for my research works", she said.
Speaking on the challenges that come with the new responsibility, Helen Paul dished that she was prepared to tackle them head-on.
"I feel very humbled and pray to have the energy, tenacity and capacity for the huge tasks ahead.
"I know it comes with very huge responsibilities, expectations, discipline, endless studying and a critical mindset to initiate ideas, analyse and evaluate positions and contribute meaningfully to both the academic community and society at large.
"The field is essential in performance appreciation, ethics and theories with a spice of comedy and its related forms. I thank Nigerians for celebrating their own", she added.