Khaby Lame becomes the first creator to hit 100 million followers on TikTok

August 17, 2021

He started making his popular videos after losing his job as a result of COVID-19.

Khaby Lame has become the first creator on TikTok to reach 100 million followers. The creator is based in Europe and is famous for creating videos in which he uses his unique facial expressions and irony. TikTok commented on this achievement by saying that Lame truly uses their platform to spread joy to his global audience.

Originally from Senegal, Lame and his family moved to Italy when he was just one year old. Like many others, when the pandemic hit, he lost his job and had to come up with alternative ways of earning money. Italy was hit particularly hard, being one of the first countries in Europe to introduce a hard lockdown. The 21-year-old TikTok star always had a dream to one day make people laugh and that led him to start making highly entertaining videos.


“The inspiration for my videos goes way back to when I was a kid watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith. I loved his comedy and I also loved all of his movies. So I decided to record some sketches on YouTube with a friend of mine and, even though there were very few views, I enjoyed making them,” he explained.

The more Lame posted, the more his followers grew. He says that certain movies inspired his comedy, among other things.

“Will Smith’s movies, but also Eddie Murphy’s, Omar Sy’s and many other comedic actors. Also cartoons…which I still watch to this day,” Lame elaborated.Lame also realises that he is living the dream many other creators share. He is, however, humble about his success.”

I am honored to have achieved this milestone, made possible by the global TikTok community. I am passionate about entertaining and making people laugh since childhood, and I am thankful to TikTok for offering me a global stage to share my passion with the rest of the world. I will continue to work towards my dreams, knowing I can count on a beautiful community ready to cheer me on. Thank you and I love you all!”, Lame said when asked about what the achievement means to him. 


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When asked about the sort of advice he would give upcoming creators, Lame was more than happy to share some tips.

“I think it’s enough that you really like what you do and love who you are and how you show yourself to others. And then the rest will come accordingly,” he said.

TikTok has said that they are excited to see what the future for Lame holds and that they look forward to seeing new content being released by him.

“We are truly humbled to serve as Khaby’s creative home and excited to see what he accomplishes next on TikTok. Congratulations again, Khaby! We will continue to be inspired by your unique way of seeing the world,” the statement read.