It was a big moment for South African comedian, and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah when he presented at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Trevor Noah introducing one of the Best Picture nominees, and because Black Panther was such a huge movie for Africa, it seemed like the perfect moment to say a few words in his South African mother language of, isiXhosa.

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In true Trevor Noah style, the comedian pulled a pretty hilarious prank on the star-studded event.

In a serious tone, Trevor Noah said he wanted to share a “great Xhosa phrase“:

Abelungu abazi’ ubu ndiyaxoka.

He then went on to translate the phrase to mean:

In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart.

The audience applauded this (what seemed to be) strong statement by Trevor Noah. However, the phrase wasn’t as inspirational as Trevor Noah made it out to be. In fact, he had hilariously managed to prank most of the attendees of the ceremony.

What he actually said, and which turned out to be hilariously ironic, was:

White people don’t know I am lying.

Turns out Trevor was only trolling everyone. You can have a hilarious look for yourself below.

Black Panther didn’t end up winning for Best Picture. The award went to Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Best Supporting Actor winner, Mahershala Ali. Black Panther did end up taking home four Oscars – Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score, and Best Production Design.

Olivia Colman took the Oscar for Best Actress in her role in The Favourite. Rami Malek won for Best Actor for his portrayal of the iconic frontman of Queen, Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

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