Khaby Lame Obtained Italian Citizenship after 21 Years

21-year resident Khaby Lame becomes an Italian citizen


Influencer obtained citizenship after 21 years living in the country Khaby Lame, the most followed tiktoker in the world, has finally become an Italian citizen. The oath was sworn in this Wednesday (17), in front of the Civil Status officer of the Prefecture of Chivasso, a city on the outskirts of Turin where the young man has lived since he was one year old.

"Khaby Lame obtained Italian citizenship after 21 years"
Khaby Lame obtained Italian citizenship after 21 years

Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Lame is 22 years old and has become world famous by posting videos on TikTok parodying needlessly complicated activities done by other users. He currently has 148.5 million followers and accumulates 2.4 billion likes on the platform.

Lame also received the presidential degree-granting his citizenship:

In Wednesday’s solemn session, Lame also received the presidential degree-granting his citizenship, which in the country can be applied for by immigrants who were born and stayed in Italy during their lifetime. “I already felt Italian even before today, like everyone else, since I’ve always lived here,” Tiktoker poiThe right to citizenship in Italy is based, in the case of Khaby Lame, on the “jus soli” principle, or right to the soil, which has faced confrontations by the Italian conservative party with anti-immigration laws that defend the principle of only children of Italians have access to citizenship.

Italian legislation favors the principle of “jus sanguinis” (right of blood), which considers citizens of Italian descent. Children of immigrants, on the other hand, can only become citizens after turning 18, and as long as they have spent their entire lives in Italy.


There are projects in Parliament to institute the principle of “jus soli” (right to soil), which would recognize citizenship for children of immigrants born and raised in Italy, but these still meet resistance, especially in the conservative camp.

Khaby Lame:

Lame achieved the feat of being the most followed Tiktoker in the world in June this year by reaching the mark of 142.9 million followers. Today he has reached the mark of 148.5 million followers on the social network. The channel created in 2020 has its principle humor by mocking simple things or routine actions that are made as incredible by other content producers.


TikToker has already posted videos with other celebrities such as Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, and football players Messi and Brazilian Vini Jr. In the latest video posted by Khaby Lame, he is wearing the shirt of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in a setting on fire in which he jokes about the service provided by the Fire Department. The ability to satirize the ridiculousness of the so-called ‘life hacks’ promoted by other content makers on the network is the primary factor that contributes to Khaby’s appeal on the platform.

Slicing up an apple is a good illustration of this principle. The vast majority of us would use a knife to mince it up, right? In one of Khaby’s movies, a ripped man can be seen attempting to peel an apple using only his bare hands. The video then goes to Lame, who merely uses a knife to slice into an apple in the same manner as the vast majority of us would.

Lame decided to create his own TikTok channel after he lost his job:

After Lame lost his job as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, he decided to create his own TikTok channel and was able to increase his followers without ever uttering a single word. Instead, Lame will shrug his shoulders in a deadpan manner, which has become one of his most recognizable expressions.

In an interview that took place in March with Forbes, Lame provided the following explanation: “The epidemic had just started, and I was bored with a lot of time on my hands so I started shooting movies on TikTok”.

Lame gave the following response when he was asked how he would describe himself to people who were not familiar with him: “I would characterize myself as a basic person, but full of ideas and inspiration.” My number one goal in life has always been to make other people happy through the power of humor.

“I have lofty goals, and I refuse to let up until I have accomplished them all. What I’m doing right now is not only a dream come true but also a dream come true!”

Lame was also quick to brag about his supporter base, adding something to the effect of, “My supporter base is my family, and I would not be who I am without family.”

“I would never look at them as mere numbers since each individual is somebody with whom I want to develop relationships, both locally and online,” she said.

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