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Trevor Noah ‘fools’ Oscars audience with Xhosa phrase

February 26, 2019 at 08:00 am | Entertainment

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

February 26, 2019 at 08:00 am | Entertainment

Trevor Noah presenting at the Oscars

Trevor Noah always has a joke or two up his sleeve and in certain instances, you may not be able to decipher what he really meant until later.

The South African’s presentation at the Oscars was just one of those funny moments and on this occasion, only his fellow Xhosa speakers immediately caught the joke.

In what was one of his usual comic shenanigans, the Daily Show host, while presenting Black Panther as a best picture nominee recalled his childhood in Wakanda and also knowing King T’Challa.

“Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I would see King T’Challa flying over our village, and he would remind me of a great Xhosa phrase: ‘Abelungu abazi uba ndiyaxoka,’ which means, ‘In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart,” he said, with the audience applauding.

Plot twist, Trevor lied about the translation as it actually means: “White people don’t know I’m lying.”

Yeah, he got us.

Take a look at the video below:

Check out some of the reactions from his fellow Xhosa speakers and those who got to know he played us all:

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