Here is the brilliant Oscar joke we all missed


The 2019 Oscars went wild – thanks in large part to Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler – but the majority of the audience missed the best joke of the night.

Trevor Noah, who hosts The daily show on Comedy Central, made the insider joke by presenting the best film candidate Black Panther Sunday evening (February 24th).

Noah played Griot in the movie Marvel after helping his director Ryan Coogler to research the history of Africa. During his presentation, he joked about the surprising number of people who thought that Wakanda was really a place after watching the movie.

Then came the secret gag.

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Trevor delivered a little xhosa (which is spoken in South Africa and is the official language of Zimbabwe) and then seemed to translate immediately.

"Growing up a young boy in Wakanda, I would see Challa flying over our village and he would remind me of an excellent xhosa phrase," he said.

"Abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka", which means: "In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart."

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However, without the help of the translation subtitles, most viewers did not understand that "Abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka" actually translates to "Whites do not know I'm lying".


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