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Guadeloupe’s Wil Aime honoured with Art and Culture prize in France

The hard work of break out Guadeloupean videographer and social media personality Wil Aime is paying off as he was honoured with a Le Prix des Arts et de la Culture by the French Senate.

The award was handed over to the 26-year-old, whose videos have racked up millions of views on social media, at a ceremony in the French Senate building at the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris on Saturday evening.

He was among a number of persons recognised for their contributions to French culture including rappers Joey Starr and Passi.

Aime, whose real name is Wilhem Oxybel, earned a huge following in the mid-2010s for his six-second videos on the defunct social media app Vine.

He thanked his family, friends and his over 3 million social media followers for their support.

“I celebrate with you the trophy awarded to me in the Senate: Le Prix des Arts et de la Culture,” he said on Instagram.

“It sincerely warms my heart to receive this prestigious distinction, a great honour. I think of my family, my team, Guadeloupe, my relatives and all those who love what I do and continue to support it.”

Aime has not been active on social media in more than a year and he hinted at something coming to satisfy the appetites of his adoring fans.

“Obviously I am preparing a huge project! I put all my strength and my soul into it. Get on the train while there is still time. Provided this celebration motivates and inspires you as much as I do,”

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