Trevor Noah has a bit of a hiding when it comes to Black Panther. The Daily Show had a secret in the movie as the voice of the Wakandan AI (in the same way that Gary Sines, Miley Cyrus and Kenneth Branagh have given their voices to computers in the franchise), and he followed that up with a great gag at the Oscars.
Noah introduced Black Panther at the ceremony and, in a funny, caustic speech, he slipped into a joke that only speakers of the African language of Xhosa would have understood.
Wistfully remembering his childhood, Noah spoke about supposedly growing up in Wakanda:
"Growing up 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."
Though he's a comedian, you would not have reason to doubt what he was saying. It definitely sounds like something T'Challa would say. Only, according to Woke Sloth, the phrase ACTUALLY translates to "White people do not know I'm lying."
This is a hell of a commitment to a comic pay-off and the perfect sign of Noah's genius.
It was also a reference to the fact that Marvel chose to adopt a version of Xhosa to add authenticity to Black Panther after Ryan Coogler visited South Africa and came in contact with several Xhosa speakers. And now, as a tiny, delightful nod to that, Noah gave the Xhosa speakers of the world a joke just for them. What a guy