Senegalese social media influencer Khaby Lame recently became the world’s most popular TikToker after his follower count surpassed American influencer Charli D’Amelio earlier on Thursday.

For now, Khaby lame has as many as 142.7 million followers on TikTok and Charli D’Amelio has 142.3 million followers. Khaby Lame is known for his funny videos where he mocks complicated and viral life hack videos.

Based in Italy, Khaby surprised netizens by his fresh and organic content on TikTok where he reacted to some overly complicated “life hacks. Leveraging TikTok’s duet function, he picked up many such videos and reacted to them in a wordless yet authentic way. Over the course of the last year or so, he has also forayed into comedy sketches, most of them being silent ones, which have garnered millions of views.

With an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2022, Khaby’s foray into social media came out of crisis.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the immediate lockdowns across the world, Khaby was one among the numerous who lost his factory job in March. The now social media influencer simply decided to give social media a chance to pass time and set up a TikTok account.

Khaby becoming the world’s most popular TikToker comes at a time when many netizens have complained how creators of Black community are handled.

The Facts of the Matter

TikTokers and social media users, make way for your new King – Khaby Lame – the new and currently the most popular TikToker in the world. The 22-year-old social media influencer, who makes people laugh by making astute mockery of complicated “life hack videos” recently surpassed Charli D’Amelio’s follower count.

Khaby Surpasses Charli on TikTok

Earlier Charli D’Amelio, famous for her duets on TikTok, had the most followers on the platform. However, earlier on Thursday, Khaby surpassed Charli and now has 142.7 million followers on the video sharing platform. Meanwhile, with 142.3 million followers, Charli is right behind Khaby.

 

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Humble Beginnings

With a net worth of estimated $5 million, the 22-year-old TikTok champion’s beginnings were as relatable as his content is. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the immediate nationwide lockdowns that followed across the planet, Khaby too lost his job and was forced to move back to his parent’s place.

Initial Videos Didn’t Receive Views

To pass some time and not get bogged by the anxiety that lockdowns induced, Khaby created a TikTok account. Like most, Khaby too had no secret sauce of creating content in the beginning, and posted videos of him dancing, playing games, and using the apps filter. The videos never went viral and didn’t receive a lot of views or likes.

Eureka Moment

In November 2020, one of Khaby’s videos went viral, and pushed him into discovering himself. The video was of him demonstrating a simple alternative solution to an overly complicated lifehack. He simply did his hand-gestures he’s now famous for, and shook his head in disapproval, a gesture that many have since parodied and copied.

 

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On Being Silent in Videos

When asked about why he chooses to be silent in his videos, Khaby told Forbes “I think the reason that I am silent speaks louder – it is accessible to more people than if I would make my videos in English. I speak a universal language that everyone understands.”

 

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