Comedian Butita’s career was going well until he got an unexpected mention from President William Ruto.
The comedian reflected on the significant impact that Ruto has had on his career, pinpointing a pivotal moment during the National Drama Festivals at State House, Nairobi, on June 2, 2023.
During this event, President Ruto publicly lauded Butita and fellow comedian Njugush for their entrepreneurial success on YouTube, acknowledging their remarkable financial achievements.
The President emphasized, “These two gentlemen are great people. Don’t just see them wearing t-shirts and think that they don’t have money. These two young men are making more money than my salary.”
In an interview on Dr. Kingori’s Wicked Edition, Butita shared how the unexpected recognition from the President had a profound impact on both his personal and professional life.
“There is something psychological or subconscious about power. When the President said I am successful, it changed a lot of dynamics in terms of business and how I relate with other people,” Butita revealed.
He delved into the subconscious effects of influential endorsements, highlighting the potential for increased business opportunities and the unique influence that a President can wield.
“Sometimes you get business because someone hopes one day you will mention their name to the President. There is something about power I am trying to understand, especially its effect because the President can be a very good influencer.”
For Butita, the acknowledgment served as a validation of his work, addressing a longstanding need for recognition.
“Subconsciously, people start believing in your trade. I feel like it was a validation of what we do. I have been a victim of not being validated. All my life, I have been doing great things, but I got a breakthrough when people started validating my work.”
Regarding the expectations placed on him and others with access to the President to advocate for public concerns, Butita emphasized the government’s awareness of the issues raised by the public.
“At the end of the day, I say, the government is usually aware of all the information and concerns that people ask to be passed to the government. It is up to them to address the concerns.”