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Moroccan fans and influencers celebrated in Ivory Coast for spreading positivity in the 2023 AFCON


Moroccan influencers are spreading the joy at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations being held in Côte d’Ivoire, unanimously being hailed for their exemplary fan culture, and their positive portrayal of the host African country.

As they did at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where they conveyed a radiant image of the Kingdom, Moroccan content producers amazed everyone with the videos they shot during this CAN of hospitality, as the Ivorians are keen to point out. Their ingenuity, generosity, and jovial spirit have won them the admiration of the local population.

They may have traveled to Côte d’Ivoire to support the Atlas Lions, but they still shone at this 34th edition of the great African football showpiece and conveyed a fine image of the Kingdom.

The names of Saber Chawni, Adil Taouil, Amine Aouni, and Ezzoubair Hilal are on everyone’s lips in Côte d’Ivoire.

Chawni’s various videos and posts have stolen the show and even caught the eye of the Ivorian Ministry of Tourism and Leisure.

The content producer was granted an audience with the Ivorian Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Siandou Fofana.



“I’d like to thank you on behalf of the Côte d’Ivoire government and my behalf. We have followed your publications with great interest. We were very touched,” said the Ivorian minister in a video posted on social networks.

“This influencer has left his mark on us during this CAN. We’re receiving him today to recognize his merit and commitment. The Ivorian government is sensitive to this friendship, to the respect he gives to Côte d’Ivoire. The content he has created and the pages he has put on Côte d’Ivoire, but beyond that, his attachment to Côte d’Ivoire, to promoting our country, its culture, its environment, its tourism, its gastronomy, and, above all, the people who inhabit this land, the Ivorians themselves. It restores their way of receiving and welcoming,” he maintained. “The joy the guy shares with the Ivorians is so immense. We have to be united. You come to other countries. It doesn’t matter what you find, we’re here to have fun. The rest is not important,” commented one Ivorian influencer. She was referring to the video of a Moroccan influencer dancing chaâbi with Ivorians in the street.

“We need to promote these good deeds. The Moroccan fans who attended the Morocco-Tanzania match held up a banner reading ‘Thank you to the people of Côte d’Ivoire for your hospitality’. Isn’t that beautiful? That’s the kind of image we want to see at this CAN,” says another Ivorian content producer.

Through these initiatives, these content producers have built real bridges between the two brotherly countries, which have long-standing ties of friendship, fraternity, and cooperation.

Another video of Moroccan influencer and comedian Ezzoubair Hilal getting down and dirty with Ivorians has also been making the rounds on the web. “This is the Africa we want to show the world. There’s no better way than this African Cup to show it. Vive l’Afrique,” wrote one Internet user, commenting on the video.

“He gives joy to the heart”, says another surfer of the most popular post in Côte d’Ivoire by Moroccan content producer Ezzoubair Hilal, when he got on a motorcycle cab driving the wrong way, begging the driver to stop and repeating his famous phrase “we’re going to die.”



These unparalleled spontaneous actions bear witness, if proof were needed, to the spirit of living together, mutual respect between the two peoples, and conviviality that have always marked relations between the two brotherly countries. Initiatives such as these are a true reflection of the values that are so deeply rooted in Moroccan culture and civilization.



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