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Senegalese’s Khabane Lame overtakes US star Charli D’Amelio as the most followed TikTok star in the world

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Senegalese comedian has officially become the most followed TikTok star in the world. 

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22-year-old Khabane Lame, who posts under the name @khaby.lame, surpassed American Charli D’Amelio who held the top spot until on Thursday, June 23.

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The 18-year-old dancer has 142.2 million followers, while Khaby, who lives in Italy,  jumped to 142.5 million overnight after months of enduring a tight follower battle.

 

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Khaby joined the platform in March 2020 during the pandemic and his followers quickly grew thanks to his hilarious videos. 

 

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After joining the platform in 2019, Charli had become the most followed account with her viral dance routines and by 2020 she had over 100 million fans. 

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At the time she took to the platform to say that the achievement was ‘like a dream’.

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In a video, she added: ‘I can’t believe there’s 100 million supporters following me right now. That is insane, oh my goodness.

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‘Y’all can’t grasp that this is real, I still feel like it’s a dream, kind of waiting to wake up. Very insane. Oh my goodness, thank you!’

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The social media platform congratulated her on the news and said it was ‘so proud’ of her achievements. 

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In a statement, TikTok said: ‘In less than 18 months, Charli has grown into one of the most recognized and beloved TikTok creators in the world.

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‘While we’re extremely proud of Charli and all that she has accomplished since she shared her first TikTok video in May 2019.’

 

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TikTok also announced it would be donating $100,000 in Charli’s name to American Dance Movement, an organisation aimed at increasing access to dance education in the US.   

 

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In March 2020, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Khabane lost his job and moved back in with his parents. He capitalized on the lockdown and set up a TikTok account and quickly climbed his way to the top of the platform.

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Speaking to Forbes the star said: ‘The pandemic had just started, and I was bored with a lot of time on my hands so I started making videos on TikTok.’ 

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