Kili Paul is a Tanzanian content creator famous for posting videos on social media in which he lip-syncs Bollywood songs along with his sister. He gained a lot of popularity with his lip-syncing on the song ‘Raatan Lambiyan’ along with his sister.
Kili Paul was born on Monday, 9 October 1995 (age 27 years; as of 2022) in Mindu Tulieni, Pwani, Tanzania. His zodiac sign is Libra. Kili lives with his parents and extended family in his village where there is no electricity supply. They look after the herds of cattle.
Kili Paul looking after his herds
He studied till class four in his village school, and later, he studied till class seventh at Morogoro Secondary School, Tanzania. He gave up his studies because of his poor family conditions. When he was in school, he was called by the name Yusuf by his friends and family, but his father later decided to name him Kili which is short for Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak.
Kili Paul as a child with his sister
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 42′ Waist: 33′ Biceps: 15′
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents.
Kili Paul with his father
He has a sister Neema Paul who is also a content creator.
Kili Paul with his sister
Wife & Children
Kili is unmarried.
Kili belongs to the Massai tribe.
In 2022, Kili posted a story on Instagram in which he revealed that a group of people attacked him. In a video, he posted on his YouTube channel, he was seen lying on a stretcher with a bandage on his thumb and injury marks on his legs. In the story, he posted on Instagram, he wrote,
People want me down but God will always take me up. Pray for me. I was attacked by 5 people in the movement of defending myself. My right-hand toe was injured by a knife and I got 5 stitches. I was beaten by sticks and clubs, but thank God, I defended myself after beating two people. They ran away but I was already injured. Pray for me…this is scary.”
2022: Honour from diplomat Binaya Pradhan from the High Commission’s office of India
Kili Paul receiving honour from diplomat Binaya Pradhan
- His hobbies include dancing, acting, and gymming.
- As there is no electricity in his village, he used to walk ten kilometres to another village to charge his phone.
- Despite leaving studies, Kili learned English, French and Spanish.
- As a child, he enjoyed watching Hindi movies and listening to Hindi songs. He showed his passion for Hindi songs through the videos he posted on social media. In the beginning, he used to post videos of himself dancing and singing Bollywood songs, but later, he started making videos with his sister Neema. In an interview, he said that he took two days to learn a Hindi song and learned to pronounce each Hindi with the help of Google. In the interview, he further said,
When I like a song, I go to YouTube, learn the lyrics, and then go to Google to see how they pronounce each word because I don’t want to miss any. Then I try to find the song’s English translation. I add my own expressions to love songs because love is love everywhere. So, yeah, I check the meaning of each part before recording.”
- According to him, his family thought he was stupid when he used to practice Hindi songs in his house. In an interview, he said that he is not very popular for the people in his village because they do not use the internet and do not know how famous he is.
- In February 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about Kili and his sister’s efforts of promoting Hindi songs in the programme, Mann Ki Baat. In the programme, Modi said,
Talking about Indian culture and my heritage, today I want to introduce you to two people in ‘Mann Ki Baat’. These days, two Tanzanian siblings, Kili Paul and her sister Nima, are in the news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and I’m sure you, too, must have heard about them. He has a passion, a passion for Indian music and that is why he is also very popular. His way of lip sync shows how hard he works for it.”
- In September 2022, he danced with actor Ranveer Singh at the Meta Creator Day event.
Kili Paul with Ranveer Singh dancing at Meta Creator Day event
- In October 2022, he danced to the song ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast’ after entering Bigg Boss 16 house as a guest. He made Instagram reels with contestants Abdu Rozik and Mc Stan.
Kili Paul in Bigg Boss 16
- On 8 October 2022, he danced with judge Madhuri Dixit on the song Channe Ke Khet Mein on the show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10.’ In an interview, he talked about his entry into the show and said,
Nothing compares to the joy of dancing for me and so I’m thrilled to have joined the show. I have received love in abundance from India and as everyone can tell, I’m hooked to its culture. Shaking a leg with great dancers on this show has been amazing. I’m making some of the best memories on this show. I thank the contestants and judges Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Nora Fatehi.”
Kili Paul with Madhuri Dixit on the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10
- He promotes his tribal dance forms and songs through his social media posts.
Kili Paul performing his tribal dance
- He often uses the hashtag Maasai warrior in the caption of the pictures he posts on his social media.
Kili Paul posing as a Maasai warrior
- He earns money by promoting various products on social media.
Kili Paul promoting a hair brand on Instagram with his sister