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,”