Kamal Harrasse is a new voice in Morocco’s social media scene, a breath of fresh air, and he is positively impacting youth across the country.
Rabat – Through his YouTube videos, Instagram stories, and keynote addresses at conferences, Kamal has been sharing his ideas and quickly gathering a loyal following.
Kamal was born and raised in the Moroccan city of Meknes. After graduating high school, he moved to the capital, Rabat to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Shortly after beginning a full-time job with the government, he realized that he was too comfortable, and in need of an exciting challenge.
“I must be in an uncomfortable zone. I just don’t enjoy being comfortable at all.”
Kamal moved to Montreal where he continued his studies, improved his English, and entered the workforce as a credit analyst.
For a while, he enjoyed the downtown-lifestyle and built a nice life in Montreal. But before long, he was ready for another challenge and decided to move to a small town called Cambridge, Ontario.
It was here that Kamal discovered ‘the power of solitude’. Being the only Moroccan in a small English-speaking town, he initially spent a lot of time alone. He started going for walks in the forest, reading books in coffee shops, and spending a lot of time in self-reflection.
This season of isolation and introspection is what really launched Kamal’s journey to becoming a Moroccan ‘Influencer’, a title held my famous social-media personal.
Regarding the importance of self-reflection, Kamal said, “Get to know yourself before trying to know anybody else. Focus on yourself instead of focusing on others.”
And speaking of the impact his habit of reading has had: “Reading helps you to connect the ideas in your mind, to come up with a NEW creative idea… Pretty much all my successful videos on Youtube, they were inspired from reading.”
Kamal launched his YouTube channel in December 2017, deciding to produce his content in Darija, in order to maximize his impact in Morocco. “Morocco needs a new influencer” is one of his taglines, and his videos have received over half a million views with overwhelmingly positive feedback.
“You will never go wrong in your life by treating people right, or by giving good values to people without waiting for anything back, without having any expectations. The feedback is always great!”
Kamal encourages his followers to take responsibility for their life: “At the end of the day, if you don’t manage your life, nobody’s going do it in your place.”
He emphasizes the importance of learning English: “One of the best ways to move forward in life is to learn English. If you have this… you’ll open a lot of doors.”
And he helps youth recognize the opportunities around them: “Opportunity is the only thing that will never wait for you to get ready. You have to get ready for the opportunity!”
Kamal Harrasse is generously investing his energy and passion into the next generation of Moroccans, and his content provides a shining example for youth to always strive for self-improvement.