Kili Paul: The Tanzanian Influencer Who Won Indian Hearts With His Sister


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Kili Paul is quite possibly the most popular Tanzanian person in India. He might just be the most popular Tanzanian in history. Kili Paul rose to fame because of his TikTok videos with his sister Neema Paul. The siblings mimed words from Indian songs and also did a lot of Bollywood dance steps. Kili Paul became so famous in India that he eventually entered the Bigg Boss house in season 16. Let’s find out more about this charismatic Maasai marvel.

Kili Paul: All You Need To Know

Who is Kili Paul?

Kili Paul is a content creator and dancer. Kili is a farmer living near Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, who goes to the forests to graze sheep, goats, and cows. And on the other hand, by lip-syncing Hindi songs of Bollywood with his sister Neema Paul, he makes reels on Tiktok and Instagram. 

Kili Pauk lives in a remote area where there is no electricity. To charge the mobile one has to walk 1 kilometer to the nearest village. He used to make reels on his cellphone, and gradually his reels went viral and gained so much popularity that everyone in India knows him, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned him in Mann Ki Baat. Kili Paul’s sister Neema Paul also appears in the videos. Both siblings have danced together to many Bollywood songs which have been viewed many times in India. In the videos, both siblings are seen in Maasai clothes, the traditional dress of Tanzania.

When was Kili Paul born?

Kili Paul was born on 9 October 1995 in Manjaro near Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. His family lives on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. The main work of his family is farming and grazing cows and goats. He comes from an area of ​​Tanzania where till today there is no electricity and there are hardly any modern amenities. Their houses are also made of mud, on which iron sheets are fixed. By looking at Kili and Neema Paul’s house, you can see how backward their village is. 

What does Kili Paul do?

Kili Paul is a farmer and shepherd by profession. And his family also does the same thing. The boom in Kili’s career came when Tiktok arrived in Kili Paul’s life.

On Tiktok, Kili Paul lip synced and danced to songs in Hindi, English, and many other languages. Many videos also went viral but did not get popular.

After Tiktok was banned from India, the trend of making reels on Instagram came, then the door of his luck opened and he started dancing to Bollywood songs.

When did Kili Paul go viral in India?

Kili Paul became viral in India when he made and shared a lip sync video on the song ‘Rata Lambiya’ from Siddharth Malhotra’s film ‘Sher Shah’. After this video was seen by millions of people, its popularity kept increasing as soon as it was seen.

Along with his sister (Kili Paul And Neema), he made dance and lip sync videos on many Hindi songs, so it became so viral that today Kili Paul has more than four million followers on Instagram.

From big stars and superstars to the Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi has also become his fan. In February 2022, the Prime Minister’s show ‘Mann Ki Baat’ mentioned about both the siblings and said that they have created a stir on social media by lip syncing many Indian songs.

The Prime Minister said in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ that he would like to meet Kili Paul and Nima Paul, the siblings from Tanzania, who have a passion for Indian songs and are very popular because of this. Kili Paul has earned his popularity and success through his relentless hard work.

Both brother and sister made a video singing the Indian national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ on Republic Day which went viral and they paid soulful tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput and Lata Mangeshkar by singing their songs.

In February 2022, Kili Paul was honored by the High Commissioner of India in Tanzania, giving information about this, he himself said: ”I am very happy with this honor, thanks to everyone and I love my Indian supporters, and without them, I wouldn’t be here today. Jai Hind!”

After the popularity of Kili Paul increased, many big brands approached him, including Pepsi, a cosmetic company and many other brands.

In September 2022, Kili was invited to the Meta Creator Day event where all the influencers of the country were involved. Apart from this, he was also a part of Salman Khan’s show Bigg Boss 16.

How popular is Kili Paul?

Kili Paul has over 4 million followers on Instagram. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mentioned Kili Paul in his program ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Kili dances by lip-syncing, which is appreciated by the Prime Minister as well as many Bollywood stars. In February 2022, Kili was honored by the Indian High Commission in Tanzania.

Was Kili Paul attacked in Tanzania?

According to media reports, in April 2022, five unknown persons in Tanzania attacked Kili with a knife and started beating him with sticks. In this scene, after beating 2 people, Kili managed to escape from there. Through a post on his Instagram story, he wrote with his own photo: “I was attacked by 5 people, I was beaten with sticks and rods, my right thumb was cut with a knife and I got 5 stitches. But thank God I left after beating two people.”

What is Kili Paul’s net worth?

According to numerous media reports, Kili Paul’s net worth is estimated to be between $600-$900k. This is insane for a young Maasai farmer who lives in a village without electricity. Brand promotion is Kili Paul’s main source of income. Kili Paul has over four million followers on Instagram and his videos have millions of views. Such popularity and virality have opened a lot of doors for him.


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