Khaby Lame, the most followed TikTok user in the world, has officially been granted Italian citizenship after 21 years of living in the country.
The 22-year-old social media comedian was born in Senegal but lived in Italy since the age of one. The citizenship was awarded to lame on 17th August, but the TikToker said that he had always felt Italian.
Lame was handed the citizenship during a ceremony in his hometown of Chivasso, and says that he feels a great responsibility for the oath that he took.
Lame had turned to the platform after losing his job in a factory when Italy went into lockdown at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He went on to attract around 150 million followers, all whilst not uttering a single word.
He was notified of the citizenship by the Italian interior ministry on June 8th, just weeks before overtaking Charli D’Amelio as the world’s top TikTok user.
The citizenship comes amid a political debate in the country whether to grant citizenship at birth to children born in Italy to foreign parents, regardless of the parents’ citizenship. This would bring Italy into line with other European countries, as currently, kids born in Italy to foreign parents can only apply from the age of 18.