Senegalese ex-factory worker, 22, who started making TikToks mocking life hacks during lockdown after being fired, overtakes US star Charli D’Amelio as the world’s most followed person
- Khabane Lame, 22, has become the most followed TikTok star in the world
- He surpassed American Charli D’Amelio who previously held the top spot
- He joined the platform in March 2020 and his platform grew rapidly
- The Senegal-born comedian makes funny, dialogueless parody clips
A Senegal-born comedian has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world.
Khabane Lame, 22, who posts under the moniker @khaby.lame, surpassed American Charli D’Amelio who held the top spot to date.
The 18-year-old dancer has 142.2 million followers, while Khaby, who lives in Italy, has surged to 142.5 million overnight after enduring months of fierce follower warfare.
Khabane Lame, 22, has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world with over 142.5 million fans on the platform
Khaby joined the platform in March 2020 as the app gained popularity during the pandemic and his following grew rapidly thanks to his hilarious videos
Khaby joined the platform in March 2020 as the app gained popularity during the pandemic and his following grew rapidly thanks to his hilarious videos.
After joining the platform in 2019, Charli was the most followed account with her viral dance routines and by 2020 she had over 100 million fans.
At the time, she took to the platform to say the performance was “like a dream.”
In a video, she added: “I can’t believe there are 100 million supporters following me right now. That’s insane, oh my god.
Khaby surpassed American dancer Charli D’Amelio, 18, who has held the top spot with 142.1 million followers to date
At the time, she took to the platform to say in a short video that the performance was “like a dream”
‘You can’t believe this is real, I still feel like it’s a dream, kind of waiting to wake up. Very insane. Oh my god, thank you!’
In the caption, she wrote: “A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED ME REACH 100 MILLION SUPPORTERS!!! AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO @tiktok I LOVE EVERYONE OF YOU!!!’
The social media platform congratulated her on the news and said it was “so proud” of her achievements.
In a statement, TikTok said: “In less than 18 months, Charli has become one of the most recognized and loved TikTok creators in the world.
“While we are extremely proud of Charli and everything she has achieved since she shared her first TikTok video in May 2019.”
The social media platform congratulated Charli on her 100 million followers and said she is ‘so proud’ of her achievements
TikTok also announced it would donate $100,000 in Charli’s name to American Dance Movement, an organization that aims to increase access to dance education in the US.
Despite her popularity, Khaby – who produces dialogue-free parody clips – was soon on her heels.
In March 2020, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Khabane lost his job and moved back in with his parents.
Taking advantage of TikTok’s momentum the moment he set up his account and quickly climbed to the top of the platform.
Khabane joined TikTok in March 2020 and his platform grew rapidly thanks to his hilarious parody videos (pictured at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022)
Speak with Forbes the star said: “The pandemic had just started and I was bored with a lot of time to spare, so I started making videos on TikTok.”
His comedy videos gained popularity after he started mocking other content creators by exaggerating their actions and staring at them wide-eyed.
His huge fan base started a campaign to get him to the top spot by using the hashtag #KhabyToNumberOne.
Commenting on his latest video, his fans rushed to congratulate him on his success.
With one person writing: ‘THE KING IS NUMBER 1 ON TIKTOK’
While another fan wrote: ‘CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 142.0 MILLION FOLLOWERS WOW I’M PROUD OF UUU.’
Exciting day! Commenting on his latest video, his fans rushed to congratulate him on his success