Earlier this morning, South African comedian Trevor Noah turned heads after he presented one of the Best Picture nominees, Black Panther on Sunday night – and we love him even more for it.
In his short introduction highlighting the film’s incredible success and nomination for Best Picture, Noah recalls the impact the film has had on black culture. He reveals that he is often greeted by the phrase ‘Wakanda Forever’ and that many believe that it is a special place in the heart of Africa.
The star made local audiences chuckle when he revealed in his Oscar speech after saying “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 ‘Abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka’- which means, ‘In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart.'” However, local fans of the star were quick to call the star out for fooling millions of people around the world. What Trevor did, in fact, say was “White people don’t know I’m lying.”
The stint got a hilarious response from local fans who understand the Xhosa language. “You guys won’t believe what @Trevornoah actually said in Xhosa at the #Osccars. Bruh, why you trolling the Academy LMAO,” one user said. Another added “Inside joke. He still belongs to South Africa.”
Watch the hilarious moment here:
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