Well, he did it.
At 22-years-old, Senegalese-born comedian, Khabane Lame, has become the most-followed content creator on TikTok.
Posting under the name @khaby.lame, he recently surpassed American-based content creator Charli D’Amelio, who previously held the top spot.
It's A Family Thing
He experienced significant traction with his videos when he began using parody-based content to mock other content creators through exaggerated actions and hyperbolic language.
Once his viral account gained enough traction to rival the former most-followed account, Lame’s fanbase created a hashtag (#KhabyToNumberOne) and a rallying cry to get him in the top spot.
“My follower base is my family, and I would not be who I am without family. I would never see them as just numbers, as everybody is someone I want to build relationships with, both offline and online. I love to meet them in real life and engage them in my life. That’s the reason why I always try to keep my videos genuine and authentic. In the near term, I also have a lot of surprises for them coming up,” Lame told Forbes.
A Bigger Prize
Although Lame has acquired a massive following on TikTok, social media fame is not the totality of his story. The Forbes report noted that Lame is a part of Iron Corporation, a talent agency based in central Milan. And while humor and modeling are the current moves for Lame, he has his eyes set on a bigger prize.
“My biggest dream is to win an Oscar. It would be the ultimate honor, and that day I would say, ‘Wow, I really made it,’” Lame explained to Forbes.