[VIDEO] Trevor Noah's Xhosa phrase at the Oscars...and what it really means
South African born and bred comedian Trevor Noah took the mickey out of his audience on Sunday night when he presented one of the Best Picture nominees, Black Panther.
He took a dig at all those who think Wakanda is a real place and constantly come up to him greeting him with 'Wakanda Forever' - but the audience did not even realise he was throwing shade.
Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I would see T'Challa flying over our village, and he would remind me of a great Xhosa phrase. He says 'abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka' - which means 'In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart.'Trevor Noah, Comedian - Oscars 2019
People were loving the fact that he spoke in his mother tongue...
But, unfortunately, that was not the real translation.
What it means is 'White people don't know I'm lying'.
It cracked up those South Africans who were awake for the broadcast ...and they began tweeting.
The real translation is “white people don’t know I’m lying..” ahahahahahahahaha https://t.co/5AMCTVpj9r— Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) February 25, 2019
We are up & cracking ourselves 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/F3dSGEsFRm— Mbalenhle Ntuli (@Mbalintuli) February 25, 2019
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