What Trevor Noah's Xhosa phrase at the Oscars really means

 Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California

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JOHANNESBURG - South African born comedian Trevor Noah gave Hollywood a taste of the country when he presented one of the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday.

The Daily Show host made fun of everyone who thinks Wakanda is a real place and constantly come up to him and say 'Wakanda Forever'. 

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"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 abayazi ukuba ndiyaxoka' - which means 'In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart," said Noah.

However, that is not the actual meaning of the Xhosa phrase.

The real translation is, 'White people don't know I'm lying."

Several South Africans who were awake for the broadcast got the joke and quickly took to social media.

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