Khaby Lame

Khabane "Khaby" Lame (born 9 March 2000) is a Senegalese TikToker based in Italy.[1] He became known for his short comedy skits where he sarcastically and wordlessly ridicules people who seem to unreasonably complicate simple tasks.[2] As of 2 September 2021, Lame has amassed over 111 million followers and over 1.7 billion likes,[3] making him the second most-followed TikTok account.[4][5][6]

Khaby Lame
Personal information
BornKhabane Lame
(2000-03-09) 9 March 2000 (age 21)
TikTok information
Years active2020–present
Followers111 million
Likes1.7 billion

Updated: 13 September 2021

Early life

Lame was born to a devout Muslim family[7] in Senegal on 9 March 2000[8] and raised in a public housing complex in Chivasso, Italy, since the age of one,[9][10] where he still lives. He practiced athletics such as football and basketball;[11] in high school, he played in the junior-level basketball championships.[10]

Before TikTok, Lame worked as a CNC machine operator.[12] He also experienced financial issues, which he overcame via his TikTok videos.[2]


Lame began posting on TikTok in March 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdowns.[12] In December 2020, he modeled for the magazine DLuiRepubblica.[13] On 26 April 2021, he overtook Gianluca Vacchi as the most-followed Italian TikToker.[14] Lame currently has over 111 million followers on TikTok, making him the second most-followed TikToker worldwide.[3] He also has over 34.8 million followers on Instagram, after having beaten Chiara Ferragni as most followed Italian on the platform.[15]

Personal life

Lame is engaged to Zaira Nucci from Sciacca, as announced on Instagram in October 2020.[16]

In a June 2021 interview with The New York Times, Lame stated that although he has been living in Italy since he was an infant, he does not possess an Italian passport or citizenship, only having a Senegalese passport.[2]

Lame is a fan of Juventus;[17] on 18 August 2021, Lame appeared as a co-star for the club's announcement of a new player, Manuel Locatelli.[18]

See also


  1. ^ Cigliana, Carlotta (10 June 2021). "Scopriamo Khaby Lame l'italiano più seguito in assoluto su TikTok". BL Magazine (in Italian). Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Horowitz, Jason; Lorenz, Taylor (2 June 2021). "Khaby Lame, the Everyman of the Internet". The New York Times. A. G. Sulzberger. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "khaby.lame TikTok Stats Summary Profile". Social Blade. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Khaby Lame TikTok Analytics, Stats, Follower Count and Videos". Insiflow. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Top 100 TikTok Accounts". TT Metrics. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  6. ^ Press-Reynolds, Kieran (10 July 2021). "Meet Khaby Lame, the deadpan creator who's set to overtake Charli D'Amelio as the most popular TikToker of all time". Insider. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  7. ^ Sanders, Laura (14 July 2021). "Where Is Khaby Lame From And What Is His Religion?". LADbible. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Khaby Lame (Khabane Lame)". Updated-Celebrites. 24 April 2021. Archived from the original on 12 May 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  9. ^ Pasqui, Giulio (13 May 2021). "Khaby Lame, ecco chi è l'italiano che ha più follower di Mark Zuckerberg ed è diventato una star dei social senza mai dire una parola". il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  10. ^ a b Guatam, Umesh (24 April 2021). "Who is Khaby Lame? Wiki, Bio & Facts About Gaming Video Creator". Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  11. ^ Keba, Mr. "Chi è Khaby Lame? Il tiktoker è cresciuto di 4 milioni in nove giorni: tutte le curiosità su di lui". Webboh (in Italian). Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  12. ^ a b Vinci, Alessandro (23 April 2021). "Khaby Lame è l'italiano più seguito su TikTok: dalle case popolari al sorpasso su Gianluca Vacchi". (in Italian). Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  13. ^ Marino, Patrizio (2 May 2021). "Chi è Khaby Lame: il fenomeno TikTok del momento". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  14. ^ Web, Redazione (26 April 2021). "Khaby Lame supera Gianluca Vacchi: con 27M follower è il più seguito in Italia su tiktok". Radio Deejay (in Italian). Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Khaby Lame supera Chiara Ferragni: è l'italiano con più follower su Instagram | VIDEO". Le Iene (in Italian). 22 June 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  16. ^ Longhitano, Lorenzo (1 June 2021). "Chi è Zaira Nucci, la fidanzata del tiktoker Khaby Lame". Fanpage (in Italian). Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  17. ^ Bo, Marco (20 June 2021). "Khaby Lame, Dybala e Del Piero: anche il re dei social tifa Juve". Tuttosport (in Italian). Nuova Editoriale Sportiva. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  18. ^ Beltrami, Marco (18 August 2021). "La Juventus ufficializza Locatelli con Khaby Lame: svelate tutte le cifre dell'affare". Fanpage (in Italian). Retrieved 18 August 2021.

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