Comedian Eddie Butita just made a major stride and can now add ‘Netflix’ as part of his milestones in his resume.
Taking to his social media platforms, the actor revealed that he was part of the team that wrote and directed the Swahili version of the Netflix hit show The Upshaws, a flick created by actress Wanda Sykes.
With this landmark milestone, Butita becomes a part and parcel of the first ever Swahili comedy show on the streaming platform.
“I have always wanted to be on Netflix, this year God made it a reality. I was reached out to be the first Netflix Swahili Comedy Writer and Director. For the past few months I wrote and directed the Swahili version of The Upshaws created by Wanda Sykes, it was a great experience. The early mornings and late nights together with a team of talented professionals from Hiventy Africa, We successfully brought the script to life and it’s now streaming on Netflix,” he posted.
He reckoned that there was to this milestone than meets the eye. “If Eddie Butita wrote and directed for Netflix It means that African comics have a great chance in the global market and we are ready for the world. You can now watch The Upshaws on Netflix in and it is the first ever Swahili comedy show on Netflix. History has been made, “ concluded Butita.
Kenyan Films on Netflix
Kenyan films and filmmakers are steadily getting their way through the cracks on the streaming platform. Sincerely Daisy, released October 9, 2020 became the first ever flick on Netflix. Other films that have it on the platform include Disconnect, 40 Sticks and Poacher.
The Upshaws depicts an Indiana (U.S) working-class family striving for a better life while juggling everyday struggles. It stars actors Wanda Sykes, Kim Fields and Mike Epps.