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SA Tweeps praise Trevor Noah. Image: Getty Images.

‘South Africans will get it’: Tweeps amused at Trevor Noah ‘joke’ [watch]

Did Grammys host Trevor Noah make another hilarious ‘inside joke’ about his home country? South Africans seem to think so…

Trevor Noah

SA Tweeps praise Trevor Noah. Image: Getty Images.

Not for the first time, Trevor Noah has made a joke on a world stage that only South Africans will understand.

The Grammys host had tweeps back home howling after they spotted his subtle nod at his native country during his opening monologue.

He also won the praise of Black Twitter after he paid homage to bestie Sizwe Dhlomo, who was surprisingly spotted in the Grammys audience!

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Back in 2019, Trevor Noah made a joke about Marvel superhero movie Black Panther during the Oscars.

The Daily Show host was presenting the nominations for “Best Picture”, of which Black Panther ultimately lost out to contender: Green Book.

Addressing the audience, Trevor joked that he knew Chadwick Boseman (who died a year later after a secret battle with cancer), who played main character T’Challa.

He said: “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: Abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka”.

Trevor claimed the phrase meant: “In times like this, we are stronger when we fight together, than when we try to fight apart”.

But the joke was actually on the world as Xhosa people immediately recognised their language. Despite his claims, Trevor actually said – with a straight face – “White people don’t know I’m lying”.


During his opening monologue at the Grammys, Trevor Noah hinted at meeting South Korean supergroup BTS backstage.

He said during the skit: “I actually met BTS backstage and I got to show them some of my dance moves and Jungkook [a member of the group] said I was [inaudible]”.

“I don’t speak Korean, but I think it means ‘pretty dope’”.

But whilst Korean fans have argued that Trevor Noah did not in fact speak their language, South Africans have recognised what the local star may have said instead.

According to some tweeps, Trevor Noah actually pronounced the word “msunu”, which is a derogatory term used to insult others.

“Trevor Noah left a joke at the GRAMMYs that only South Africans would understand”

“In South Africa it means something else, the pronunciation that is”

“That @Trevornoah  ‘msunu’ joke is the absolute epitome of comedy gold if you think about it”


Tweeps also spotted Trevor Noah’s close friend Sizwe Dhlomo at a table which he co-incidentally walked by as he was making the quip.

Sizwe –  wearing a white and black tux and a black hat – was seen chuckling at Trevor’s inside joke. And tweeps have praised Trevor for acknowledging his bestie from back home.

“Trevor Noah made sure his friend Sizwe Dhlomo appeared on TV by walking down his aisle”

“I see what Trevor Noah did here, he wanted to show Sizwe Dhlomo”

“Trevor Noah took Sizwe Dhlomo to the Grammys. True friendship!”


Sizwe himself reacted to the viral exchange by tweeting: “LOL”.