Noah uttered a phrase in Xhosa which he said meant ‘We are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart’. What it really meant was 'White people don't know I'm lying'.
The Oscars are finished yet the buzz that the 91st Academy Awards made is declining to subside. What's more, the most recent piece of Oscar gold doing the rounds of the internet is a shrewd joke by comic Trevor Noah that obviously nobody at first comprehended. As reported by News18.
The reason? He said the phrase in Xhosa, a local language spoken in South Africa. It happened when Noah showed up in front of an audience to declare the nominations for Best Picture. Furthermore, while presenting Black Panther, he joked that he knew Chadwick Boseman, the on-screen actor who played T'Challa in the film.
"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,'" he expressed to the audience. Additionally, he clarified the proper translation of the popular expression in English.
"It means, ‘In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart’". And unsurprisingly, the entire hall cheered as the words impactfully blasted through the audience. Be that as it may, what many didn't understand was that the joke was absolutely on them.
Furthermore, as a clip of Noah's discourse circulated around the web via social media channels, the individuals who could speak Xhosa understood that Noah had trolled many in the audience with the 'incomparable Xhosa phrase' that he articulated. And in spite of what Noah stated, many South Africans on the web called attention to what Noah had really meant.
They explained that the phrase actually translated into "White people don’t know I’m lying." Consequently, the astute joke was immediately picked up by clever netizens on Twitter who labeled it as a standout amongst the best moments of the Oscars this year. Furthermore, many people expressed their amusement through a series of comments.
One user wrote, "I think @Trevornoah just pulled off one of the funniest stunts ever at the #Oscars -> Only #xhosa speaking South Africans will know... well played! Hahahaha!!" Another added, "Trevor did this for us. It was a way of letting us know that Noma Kungathiwani, I got Y'all," A third expressed, "I love how the whole world is so inspired by his speech and the whole of South Africa is in stitches"
Trevor did this for us. It was a way of letting us know that noma kungathiwani, I got y’all ✊🏾😂 https://t.co/NQzCbs9Olr— Suleiman (@nzeny_thabethe) February 25, 2019
However, Trevor's rather clever stunt wasn't the sole hilarious moment captured in the Oscars ceremony this year. Bohemian Rhapsody star, Rami Malek celebrated the biggest night of his life on Sunday, although not without a little misstep. The actor took a tumble after accepting his Best Actor in a Leading Role trophy and required assistance from paramedics.