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Khaby Lame, the Senegalese-born comedian who is the most followed TikTok user in the world, has been granted Italian citizenship.
Khaby Lame who is now 22, has lived in Italy since he was one and has said he “always felt Italian”. He received his citizenship during a ceremony in Chivasso, his home town, close to Turin in the northern Piedmont region, on Wednesday.
Lame turned to TikTok after losing his job in a factory when Italy went into lockdown at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, going on to attract nearly 150 million followers so far with his videos in which he mocks viral content with his trademark exasperated expression.
Lame, who has retained his Senegalese passport, said he felt “very proud” of the citizenship and felt “a great responsibility for the oath I took”.