Khaby Lame, this year became the most followed person on TikTok, has been granted Italian citizenship after moving to the country from his native Senegal as an infant.
The TikTok sensation who recently became the most followed TikTok star in the world has been living in Italy since he was just a year old.
The Senegalese , 22, best known for his droll and completely wordless reactions to internet “life hacks”, took his oath of citizenship on Wednesday (17 August) in Chiavasso, a municipality northeast of Turin, the local community in Italy. As it stands, children can only apply to become Italian citizens once they turn 18 and so long as they were born and raised in Italy.
Reflecting on his upbringing, Khaby said his life is now ‘very different’ after being rocketed to online fame by , sharing: ‘I have always lived in the slums but there, despite having nothing, we were happy, we were glad, we played in the courtyard, even though we had nothing’.
The internet sensation icon lost his factory job amid the pandemic, so decided to give the social media platform a shot, not expecting to be catapulted to stardom in the way he has been. Now, his face is extremely recognizable and you’d struggle to find someone with a TikTok account who doesn’t follow him.
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