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Butita: How Ruto’s endorsement changed my life

Renowned comedian Butita has spoken about the positive influence that President William Ruto has had on his career.

He recalled the actual moment which happened on June 2, 2023, during the National Drama Festivals at State House, Nairobi.

On that occasion, President Ruto publicly praised Butita and fellow comedian Njugush for their entrepreneurial success on YouTube, acknowledging their financial achievements.

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“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,” President Ruto said back then.

In an interview with Dr Kingori’s Wicked Edition, Butita revealed that the unexpected recognition from the President had a profound impact on various aspects of his life and career.

“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 said.

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He went on to explain the subconscious effect of such influential endorsements.

“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.

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“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.”

Addressing the expectations placed on him and others perceived to have 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.”