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Butita speaks out on toxicity within Churchill Show

Renowned comedian Butita has shed light on the toxicity he experienced within the Churchill Show environment.

In a candid conversation with fellow comedian Oga Obinna, Butita revealed his struggles with growth and acceptance within the comedy industry.

Expressing his belief that he could have achieved more given the opportunity to flourish, Butita lamented the barriers he faced from certain team leaders who, he alleges, hindered his progress.

“While I was accepted in standup comedy, I found myself at odds with the system,” Butita shared.

“Churchill is my friend, but there are instances where I reached out to him for support at my gigs, only to find him unavailable due to his busy schedule.”

The comedian expressed forgiveness for past grievances but remained firm in his disapproval of the gatekeeping culture that permeated the comedy space.

He spoke of feeling stifled and marginalised due to his talent and creativity, suggesting that some individuals within the industry felt threatened by his skillset.

“The stage became my only avenue for retaliation,” Butita stated.

“I was featured on Churchill Raw for a year, where I showcased my talent and garnered recognition. However, I was denied the opportunity to join the main Churchill Show lineup, despite possessing quality content.”

Butita emphasized the impact of the toxic environment on his professional growth, noting instances of belittlement.

He recounted an incident where his acquisition of a new car was met with unwarranted criticism, leading him to distance himself from the Churchill Show space.

“There were some petty things happening there. I got a new car and went with it at Carnivore. It was actually on loan and someone said, ‘some of you have bought cars now you want to come here how you want’, that was the last day I stepped in that space. That was not a safe space for me since I was growing and some of them did not like it.”

Butita  while addressing the question of toxicity within the Churchill Show space, Butita acknowledged its existence, particularly for those deemed proficient in their field.

He cited examples such as YY’s involvement in Churchill Raw, insinuating that talent was often overlooked within the show’s hierarchy.

“Partially it was toxic especially if you were an expert in something. Do we have a reason why YY was doing Churchill Raw? He is a pro. At some point, I was given a job but someone took it away from me,” he said.

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