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Oscars: Trevor Noah Purposely Mistranslated his Xhosa Quote when Introducing ‘Black Panther’

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Daily Show host and secret Black Panther cameo star Trevor Noah took the stage at the 2019 Oscars to introduce Best Picture nominee, Marvel’s Black Panther to the crowd. In his speech, he dropped several hilarious jokes but one in particular went over the head of just about everyone in the crowd.

“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 ubu ndiyaxoka’, which means, ‘In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart.'”

While the Oscar audience clapped at the notion of coming together over this amazing film, Noah actually hid yet another gag in that last line.  An *actual* translation of what Noah said in Xhosa turns out to be, “white people don’t know I’m lying.”

Trevor Noah, who took over as host of The Daily Show from Jon Stewart, is known for making his South African heritage and American ignorance about it into a running part of his comedic persona.

Noah secretly cameoed in Black Panther as the voice of T’Challa’s ship’s A.I, where he actually spoke Xhosa in the film.

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