In a seemingly grave moment, he translated the phrase as an inspiring call to unity in troubled times.
While introducing one of the Oscar's Best Picture nominees, "Black Panther", The Daily Show host Trevor Noah threw what Twitter universally agreed was a racism jab at Mel Gibson over the actor's rants years ago.
Black Twitter was left in stitches by Noah's tale because they were undoubtedly the only ones who understood the true meaning of the Xhosa phrase, which loosely translates to "White people don't know I'm lying".
Noah's prank made headlines across South Africa, with locals thrilled to be part of the in-joke.
"Trevor Noah really stood on a Global stage and told a joke only South Africans could immediately chuckle at". It is the second most-spoken mother tongue in South Africa, after isiZulu.
In reference to the now popular Black Panther catch phrase, "Wakanda forever", Noah jokingly said a phrase in Xhosa before attributing a false English translation to it. "I know this personally because of all the people that constantly come up to me and say, 'Wakanda Forever!'"
As he prepared Sunday to present the Academy Award for best picture, for which Black Panther was a contender, he referred to the 2018 blockbuster and said: "Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I would see our King T'Challa flying over our village".