The world’s most-followed Tik-Tokker, Khaby Lame, has become an Italian citizen. The 22-year-old was born in Senegal then moved to Italy as a toddler and was raised in a poor area of the town of Chivasso, outside of Turin.
While obtaining his citizenship, he swore to be faithful to the Italian Republic and to observe the Constitution and the state’s laws.
“I am very proud”, he said. His Senegalese parents settled in Italy when he was still a child, so after more than 15 years spent in the Alpine nation, he “already felt Italian”.
‘It is not that before signing, I did not feel Italian, so very little has changed”, he confessed. It is in the Chivasso city hall that Lame received a new citizenship.
Lame lost his job when Covid hit and turned to social media only to become a superstar.
“It’s very different because I have always lived in the slums, but there, in our having nothing, we were happy, we were glad, we played in the courtyard, even though we had nothing .Anyways, yes, it’s another reality, it’s a whole new world to which I still need to get used to, but I am gradually adapting”
Lame, like many children to migrant parents in Italy, had to wait until he was an adult to become a citizen.
It is a new chapter in the life of the public figure. With 148.5 million followers on Tik Tok, Lame now works with brands and gets sponsorship and endorsement contracts.